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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

"Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix."--USA Today - "As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates."--Entertainment Weekly

A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune--and control of the OASIS itself.

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he's beset by rivals who'll kill to take this prize. The race is on--and the only way to survive is to win.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly - San Francisco Chronicle - Village Voice - Chicago Sun-Times - iO9 - The AV Club

"Delightful . . . the grown-up's Harry Potter."--HuffPost

"An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart."--CNN

"A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader."--Boston Globe

"Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that's both hilarious and compassionate."--NPR

" A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own."--iO9

Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 08/16/2011
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 9.37h x 6.40w x 1.26d
ISBN: 9780307887436

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.7
Point Value: 23
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 149949 / Ready Player One

Award: Nutmeg Book Award - Nominee
Award: Nevada Young Readers' Award - Nominee
Award: Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers - Nominee
Award: Alex Awards - Winner
Award: Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award - Nominee
Award: Evergreen Young Adult Book Award - Nominee
Award: Locus Awards - Nominee
Award: Young Reader's Choice Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 03/01/2011 pg. 54
Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2011 pg. 54
Publishers Weekly 04/25/2011
Kirkus Reviews 05/01/2011
Booklist 05/15/2011 pg. 28
Entertainment Weekly 08/19/2011 pg. 108
Shelf Awareness 08/16/2011
Entertainment Weekly 11/25/2011 pg. 76
Shelf Awareness 08/04/2011
Entertainment Weekly 12/23/2011 pg. 111
Booklist Ed Choice Adu Bk YA's 01/01/2012 pg. 10
People Weekly 12/16/2013 pg. 59
Entertainment Weekly 07/31/2015 pg. 64

About the Author
Ernest Cline is a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels Ready Player One and Armada and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times bestsellers list. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

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