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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Century Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781846059377
Date: 18 August 2011 List Price £11.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Uncorrected Proof Copy: It's really great to see some movement in publishing circles resulting in houses not normally associated with genre material, or who have dabbled with it only intermittently in recent years, are once again looking to compete in what is clearly a buoyant market.

In August, Random House UK's Century imprint will re-enter the genre fray in style with Ready Player One, the much hyped debut by Ernest Cline, which sold for big bucks in a blaze of publicity, a deal further buzzed when Warner Bros snapped up the movie rights. R.P.1 will hit books stores both sides of the Atlantic in mid August.

"A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, 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.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based on Halliday’s obsession with 80s pop culture. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed."

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