At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia,
READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and
charming debut-part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual
space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle
giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade
Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by
spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling
virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place
where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover
the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual
world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground,
OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish
puzzles that will yield massive fortune-and remarkable power-to
whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this
prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop
culture he loved-that of the late twentieth century. And for
years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape,
retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like
many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the
finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting
Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors
join the hunt-among them certain powerful players who are willing
to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only
way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to
win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his
oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life-and love-in the
real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?