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Madison County Reads 2015: Ready Player One: Home

This guide is for the programs and events of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's community reading event in March, focusing on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Introduction

Madison County Reads is a community program sponsored by the Huntsville-Madison Public Library that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book or the works of a single author. The library has been hosting this month-long program every spring since 2002.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the focus of this year's Madison County Reads. To enhance the reading experience, the library will be offering various speaker events, 80s film screenings, crafts, science clubs, story times, and special events. There will be opportunties at all the branches across the county, and all of these will relate to references and themes from Ready Player One.

This year, we also have a systemwide Scavenger Hunt running the entire month of  March. We invite you to read and play along with your library.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

About the Author: Ernest Cline, born in 1972 in Ashland Ohio, is a novelist, screenwriter, spoken word artist. Cline gained notoriety for his 1998 screenplay Fanboys that was later turned into a movie by the same name in 2009.  Ready Player One is Cline’s first novel, the rights to which have already been bought by Warner Brothers to turn into a movie. His second novel, Armada, will be released this summer. The author currently resides in Austin Texas with his wife and daughter. 

About the Book: In Ready Player One, much of the world is comprised of massive corporations and trailer park slums. Set in the year 2044, most day to day activities are done in a virtual reality world dubbed Oasis, which people use for work and school as well as leisure. This world was mainly created by a brilliant and eccentric programmer named James Halliday who was obsessed with 1980’s video games and pop culture.

When Halliday dies, he issues forth a challenge for control of his company and stewardship of Oasis: find the easter eggs he has hidden within his game.

Millions of people devote their lives to solve the riddle, one of whom is young Wade Watts. In his quest to discover these clues and solve the hunt he will meet several others on the same quest, some with much more sinister designs for the future of Oasis…