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.
Hey, guess who LOVED this book? ME! Yup, this is going to be a very positive review! I gobbled this book up completely! I think I burped up a few chapters right after I put the book down, too! I loved all the 80's pop culture references and the video game trivia! As a fan of games and the wife of an avid gamer, this book hit home with me! It's obvious that Ernest Cline is either a gamer himself, or spent a lot of time researching, because he knows his stuff!
The story is amazingly well done too! It's kind of eerie how close to reality this book gets! It does seem like people are becoming more and more tuned into virtual worlds that real life. I see it in myself and I'm sadly starting to see it in my son. He'd rather play Jumpstart or Freerealms then play outside! So yeah this definitely was a wake up call!
It's also an incredibly crafted piece of work! It's an adventure on a grand scale with bits of humor tossed in to get you laughing and then almost instantly gasping for breath! I was cheering Wade and his friends along. Hoping that they would beat the bad guys and win to save OASIS! I loved how Halliday came across as a sort of virtual Willy Wonka weeding out the unworthy from the ones worthy of taking control of his beloved world!
This is a great book! It's fun and full of awesomeness! I definitely give it a B+