Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
The worldwide bestseller—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.
Ernest Cline is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Ready Player One and Armada and the co-screenwriter of the motion picture adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg.