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Books like Ready Player One

Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline It’s the year 2044 and reality is not much fun anymore. Teenager Wade Watts only feels really alive, when he is jacked into the virtual utopia “OASIS”. He has devoted his life to studying the puzzles in this digital world. These puzzles are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever can unlock them, is promised massive power and fortune.

But Will has to learn, that other players are willing to kill for this ultimate prize. To survive, Will will have to win. And on the way to this, he has to confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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Without further ado, this are the “Books like Ready Player One”:

City of Golden Shadow (Otherland, Volume 1) by Tad Williams

Otherland by Tad Williams

It is near the end of the 21st century and full-immersion virtual reality machines widely available. It allows access to an online world, called simply the Net. The virtual world is fully integrated in everyday life.

The story opens with Paul Jonas, a British infantryman in an apparent part of the Western Front of World War I. He has a complete memory loss and begins to travel through a series of bizarre worlds.

Williams uses the virtual world simulations to bring in worlds based on classical literary like Through the Looking-Glass, The Odyssey and The Iliad, The War of the Worlds and The Wizard of Oz.

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Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer by William Gibson

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus-hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace …

Henry Dorsett Case was once the sharpest data-thief available, then a vengeful former employer crippled his nervous system. Now he is recruited by a new and mysterious employer. The target is an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth. If he is successful his nervous system will be repaired.

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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book) by Neal Stephenson

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Diamond Age is a science fiction and coming-of-age story. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life—and the entire future of humanity—is about to be decoded and reprogrammed …

The world of “The Diamond Age” has phyles or tribes. The people in a phyle share similar values, ethnic heritage, common religion and other similar cultural similarities. Nell belongs to “thete” – she is without a tribe and therefor is considered as someone from the lowest working class.

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DAEMON by Daniel Suarez

Daemon by Daniel Suarez

The designer of a computer game dies. The programm he leaves behind unravels the Internet’s interconnected world. Independent of human control it corrupts and kills. It’s ultimate purpose is to dismantle society and bring about a new world order.

Detective Sebeck is investigating the death of two programmers. He gets a call from the computer genies Matthew Sobol. He informs him, that he killed the two programmers, but he himself is dead, too. So he can’t arrest him.

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For the Win: A Novel by Cory Doctorow

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) are a big business. In China and other placer players are pressed into working as “gold-farmers”. Their collected game-wealth is sold to Western players.

Young Mala lives in the slums of Bombay. Because of her self-taught military skill her nickname is “General Robotwallah”.

On the other side of the world – in L.A. – lives Wei-Dong. He is obseed with Asian youth culture and MMORPGs. With his asian counterparts he tries to fight this exploitation. They fight the bosses, game owners and rich speculators. When the fight spills over from the virtual in the real world, they not only have to fight for their rights, but although for their lives …

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