Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.
Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Broadway Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Release Date: June 5th 2012 (first published January 1st 2011
Page Count: 372
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
” There’s no evidence of a heaven and there never was. We made that up too. Wishful thinking. So now you have to live the rest of your life knowing you’re going to die someday and disappear forever. ‘Sorry.’ “
” So answer the question, Claire. Are you ugly? “
” I made a big entrance when I arrived in my flying DeLorean, which I’d obtained by completing a Back To The Future quest on the planet Zemeckis. “
” Like most gunters, I voted to reelect Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton (again). There were no term limits, and those two geezers had been doing a kick-ass job of protecting user rights for over a decade. “
” Millions of young men and women all over the country had locked themselves away from the world. They sometimes called these children the ‘missing millions’. “
” Going outside is highly overrated. – Anorak’s Almanac, Chapter 17, Verse 32 “
I haven’t finished reading Ready Player one yet, but there are already so many awesome quotes and amazing references. I love this book so far and I can tell it’s going to be one of my favourites for a very long time!