Are you a video game geek? Nostalgic for all things ’80s culture like Monty Python, Back to the Future, Atari, Real Genius, Ferris Bueller, Star Wars, and more? Then Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One might be for you!
Like most of the population of his bleak world, Wade Watts spends his days in the virtual reality world of Oasis. When the creator of the Oasis dies suddenly, everything changes. In his will, he’s laid out a challenge for the world’s inhabitants: find “the egg” and win control of the game’s parent company and unimaginable wealth. Wade jumps right in, dedicating every waking moment to puzzling out clues from the creator’s obsession with the 1980s and competing with millions of other players gripped by the worldwide craze.
This fun, action-packed New York Times bestseller is not just for young audiences. Generation X’ers will appreciate the references throughout. The audiobook, which is narrated by fan-favorite geek Wil Wheaton, is a treat in its own right.
For those of you that have already grinned your way through the book, the film adaptation—directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tye Sheridan—is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. So, make sure to mark your calendars for March 29!
Here is the official Ready Player One movie site where you can learn all about the film and watch clips and trailers.
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The future awaits!
Library-By-Mail Readers’ Advisor
"Read by" Wil Wheaton, the unofficial King of all Geekdom. My favorite part is when the book makes reference to Wil as a senator or something and he reads to us about his future and fictional self.