Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

9969571Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
hardcover, 374 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Crown Publishers

This book was a great romp through my youth and video games. From the classic arcade games, to the movies and music, to the idea of a virtual reality world that has absorbed the real world, this book is one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time.

The world’s leading video game designer/computer programmer (picture Steve Jobs & Bill Gates rolled up with a video gaming guru) has amassed billions of dollars by creating OASIS, a virtual world where you can escape and attend school.

His last creation was a series of puzzles and an easter egg hidden throughout the OASIS, in lieu of a will and giving money to heirs, the one person that solves the puzzles and finds the easter egg will be given all the wealth and total reign over OASIS.

If you saw the movie, you owe it to yourself to read the book to see everything that was left out. (hint:  you could have had 3 more movies)

Publisher’s Summary

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

The bestselling cult classic—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.