Ready Player One
[a Novel]Audiobook CD - 2011
"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. Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. ... And then, Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle"--Container.
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“‘You mentioned that once on your blog. Two years ago.’ I almost cited the date of the actual blog entry before I realized it would make me sound even more like a cyber-stalking super-creep.”
"This ‘girl,’ whom I’d been cyber-crushing on for the past three years, might very well be an obese, hairy-knuckled guy named Chuck."
"Once I’d done my homework on Sorrento, I felt like I was ready to sit down with the devil."
"Dual zones permitted the use of both magic and technology, and null zones didn’t allow either. There were pacifist zones where no player-versus-player combat was allowed, and player-versus-player zones where it was every avatar for themselves."
Parzival: "The female of the species has always found me repellent."
Art3mis: "I don't find you repellent."
"I’d heard all the clichéd warnings about the perils of falling for someone you only knew online, but I ignored them. I decided that whoever Art3mis really was, I was in love with her. I could feel it, deep in the soft, chewy caramel center of my being."
"She was wearing evening attire: a gunmetal blue dress that looked like it was — spray-painted on."
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