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Ready Player One (Paperback)

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In the not so distant future, Wade Watts is one of many who prefer to escape the problems of everyday life by living in an online-video game called “The Oasis.” When a high-stakes contest arises that promises the winner complete control of this digital paradise and the company that runs it, countless users devote every waking moment to its pursuit. As Wade becomes the first person in years to advance in the contest, he soon finds out that there is more than money and notoriety on the line. Ready Player One reads like a love letter to 1980’s pop-culture, all wrapped in a “Willy Wonka-esque” contest. While it is largely an enjoyable nostalgia trip filled with enough movie, video game, and other pop-culture references to make your head explode, there are also elements of corporate intrigue and a teenage love. A must for fans of the 80’s and John Hughes love stories.

— Nicholas

August 2011 Indie Next List


“The world in 2044, is a mess. Energy sources are depleted, cities are jam-packed and the lives of average people are full of misery. In order to escape the hardships of everyday life, billions escape into the electronic virtual world OASIS. When the multi-billionaire creator of OASIS dies, he leaves his fortune in trust for the first avatar to complete three virtual quests. Wade Watts, a lonely teenage misfit, decides to compete and win the prize. Filled with references to 1970s and '80s pop culture, Ready Player One is a love story, a quest novel and a parable for the electronic age.”
— John Hoover, Misty Valley Books, Chester, VT

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“The world in 2044 is a mess. Energy sources are depleted, cities are jam-packed, and the lives of average people are full of misery. In order to escape the hardships of everyday life, billions escape into the electronic virtual world OASIS. When the multi-billionaire creator of OASIS dies, he leaves his fortune in trust for the first avatar to complete three virtual quests. Wade Watts, a lonely teenage misfit, decides to compete and win the prize. Filled with references to 1970s and '80s pop culture, Ready Player One is a love story, a quest novel, and a parable for the electronic age.”
— John Hoover, Misty Valley Books, Chester, VT

Product Details
ISBN: 9789861737584
Publisher: Mai Tian/Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: April 29th, 2012
Pages: 448