Ready Player One

Ready Player One #1

Ernest Cline

fiction science fiction young adult
adventurous tense fast-paced

374 pages | first published 2011

In the year 2044, 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.

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Moods

adventurous 95%
funny 46%
lighthearted 34%
tense 28%
mysterious 17%
hopeful 11%
emotional 10%
inspiring 8%
challenging 6%
dark 5%
informative 4%
reflective 4%
relaxing 2%
sad 1%

Pace

fast 65%
medium 31%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 60% | A mix: 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 52% | No: 35% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 63% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 17% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 59% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 48% | No: 34% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.96