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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ready Player One Giveaway and Win a DeLorean!!

A Virtual World. An Impossible Quest. An Extraordinary Debut.

A Novel
By Ernest Cline
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

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

To celebrate the release of the Ready Player One trade paperback, author Ernest Cline is holding a contest inspired by the plot of his novel. He has hidden an "Easter egg" in the text of both the hardcover and paperback editions of Ready Player One. If readers can find this hidden clue, it will lead them to the first of three increasingly difficult video game challenges. The first person to complete all three of these challenges will win the grand prize, a 1981 DeLorean automobile, complete with a Flux Capacitor! Ernest Cline will be driving this DeLorean Time Machine across the country on his book tour this June, so contestants will have a chance to see the grand prize in person at each of his book signings.

For more information about the contest rules, please visit

Our own giveaway!

Thanks to Wunderkind PR, we have a copy of Ready Player One to give to one of you!  Giveaway is US only as it is being shipped directly from them.

Make sure you mark it "to-read" on Goodreads, or you can purchase the new paperback here!  P.S.  I heard the audio was pretty awesome too!
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“Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.” —USA Today
“Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.” —Huffington Post
“A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story.” —

When it was first published in hardcover last summer, READY PLAYER ONE immediately became a word-of-mouth phenomenon.  It spent a month on the New York Times bestseller list and was soon hailed by numerous publications as one of the best books of 2011. In the months since its publication, it has  gone through a dozen hardcover printings, become a breakout ebook bestseller, and a big-budget film adaptation by hit making movie studio Warner Bros. is now under way. The book has spawned remarkable passion from readers—including thousands of five-star reviews on bookselling and social media sites and numerous pieces of fan-created art, YouTube videos, and even fansites. 

Now available in paperback for the first time, READY PLAYER ONE (Broadway Paperbacks, June 5) is a jaw-droppingly cinematic debut that is part thriller, part love story, and part high-stakes quest through a virtual world. Genre-busting, ambitious, and irresistibly charming, it packs pop culture references and adventure into an unforgettable story.

Set in a terrifyingly plausible near future, READY PLAYER ONE tells the story of Wade Watts, who like most of his contemporaries escapes a grim, poverty-stricken reality by spending his waking hours jacked into a sprawling online utopia known as the OASIS. Somewhere within this alternate reality the ultimate lottery ticket lies concealed, and OASIS creator James Halliday has promised that control of the OASIS—and his massive fortune—will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

When Wade unlocks the first puzzle, he finds himself embroiled in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize—and is pitted against powerful opponents who are willing to commit very real murder to win. If he’s going to survive, Wade will have to leave behind his perfect virtual existence and face up to the real world he’s been terrified of for so long.    

READY PLAYER ONE features a breathtaking, meticulously imagined world that’s simultaneously futuristic and charmingly retro—a virtual universe where light-speed-traveling DeLoreans battle it out with X-Wing fighters and entire planets are inspired by classic video arcades—combined with a plot that incorporates pop-culture esoterica such as Cap’n Crunch commercials, John Hughes movies, and giant Japanese robots. Yet this terrifically entertaining novel is far more than the sum of its far-out references. It’s an imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age saga about the joys and perils of living in fantasy worlds that will speak directly to the geek inside every reader and invites the question . . .ARE YOU READY?

ERNEST CLINE is a screenwriter, spoken-word artist, and full-time geek who is best known for writing the 2009 film Fanboys, which much to his surprise became a cult phenomenon. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, their daughter, and a large collection of classic videogames. Ready Player One is his first novel. 

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Broadway Paperbacks • June 5, 2012
Price: $14.00 paperback • 384 pages • ISBN: 978-0-307-88744-3
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Also available in audio and electronic versions


  1. I guess I <3 the 80's. Although I've never lived in them.... ;)

  2. I love the 80's. The movies, the games..... I'd love them more if I lived them though. I'm a late comer to the 80's.

  3. I love the 80s! My husband makes fun of me for it because he says we were too young to enjoy them, but I still love them!

  4. Yeah! MTV, cable tv, punk rock, new wave, I was there! I love the 80's!
    I was in high school and college! Good times!


  5. Their ok, considering I don't know that much about the 80s, and since I was born in the 90's so I felt those were the best years of my life.

  6. Yes I do. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I love the 80's!! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

  8. I love the eighties- I too was in high school and college during them. I remember getting invited to see on of Red Hot Chilli Pepper's first shows. I love the movies and music.

  9. I loved the 80's. I was learning more & more about being a Paramedic. The human body works in mysterious ways. I always needed to know more about it, all of it!!! And music was at its best.

  10. This sounds like an awesome book!! I totally loved the 80's. Best movies!! And I love 80's music!!

  11. I loved the parts of the 80's that I remember. I was a bit little to appreciate most things though. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. You can't beat the hair and music of the 80's. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Yes I love the 80's. Hair and clothes.

  14. The 80's were the bomb! All those cool hair metal bands! The best music came from the 80's.

  15. Being an 80's kid, I think it would be sacrilege to say I don't like it... thank goodness I can say I do! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  16. The nostalgia!!! Oh my...but scary!

  17. Um, well, I was born in the '90s, so I can't say much about the '80s, lol...

  18. I do love the '80s. I was born in the early-mid '80s so I don't remember a whole lot from that decade but I have as an adult grown to love the culture.

  19. OMG, I have this book in portuguese, but i totaly need it in English! It's awesome! *-*

  20. I love music from the '80s. Does that count? I wasn't born in the '80s, but my mom says they were a riot, so I'll have to believe her!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. So many people have told me I need to read this book! I was born in the 80's, but have never been a giant fan of the music or clothes, but it was a fun decade because I was still a kid :)


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