Ernest Cline at Elliott Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 7 pm

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline (Crown)

The phrase, “grabs you from the first page,” may be one of the most overused lines in the book review world, and it’s almost never true. This story is one of the few that actually grabs you from page-one and refuses to let go. Wade Watts has spent a considerable amount of his life jacked into the OASIS (a computer generated utopia that most of humanity uses to escape from an increasingly desolate world), engaged in a 1980s-themed hunt set up by one of the original OASIS programmers. Success could change Watts’s life forever, while failure could result in the collapse of an already teetering society. –Rich

  • Hammer Pants
  • The McDLT
  • Mr. Wizard
  • You Can’t Do That on Television
  • Mike Tyson’s Punchout

If any of those things mean anything to you, then you will most likely enjoy this book. Clive has created a masterful homage to classic 80’s adventures such as The Goonies and Wargames. This novel may take place in the future, but its heart is firmly rooted in the past. This book is totally awesome to the max. –Jamil

With Ready Player One, Cline has created the virtual reality world that we’ve always been promised. He has also given us a brilliantly plotted love letter to the 80’s, a stirring look at what our media-obsessed, economically depressed society could become, and an engaging edge-of-your-seat adventure novel. I wanted to read it all the way through in one sitting, but work got in the way. This is THE GEEK NOVEL for the 21st century. Unlike the arcade games that are talked about in the book, thankfully I can read it again without inserting another quarter. –Casey S.

Ernest Cline will read from Ready Player One on Tuesday, October 11th at 7 pm. If you can’t make it to the reading but would like an autographed copy of the book, please call us at (206) 624-6600 or stop in and purchase one today.