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 the 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 of have struggled to fruitlessly 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 of 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’ oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as his 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?
This was such a fun read! I was afraid of it to be honest because I’m not a huge video game player and I was not alive to experience the 80’s so I was a little nervous the nostalgia would not connect with me. However, I found this not to be a problem and was engrossed in this fantastic virtual alternate universe where you can be anyone you want to be.
I thought the writing was really well done, everything flowed and made sense, there were no plot holes that I noticed and all my questions were answered. My only real problem was with how detailed and involved things where. Earnest Cline goes into deep, deep detail regarding the 80’s pop culture and the technological advances of the future. Both I thought where interesting but sometimes I felt it was needless as it distracted me from the main story line that I honestly was enjoying so much I couldn’t have ripped through it fast enough.
I liked the characters. No one was perfect; no one was who you thought they were, no one was beautiful or handsome at least not to what our standards are now. After all in a world where you can be whoever you want to be… I guess doesn’t matter what the other person on the opposite side of the avatar looks like… Super interesting concept, It explores the idea of falling in love with someone you can’t see and loving them no matter what despite gender, looks or race.
I thought the story flowed really well, it didn’t move to fast and it did not move to slowly. I’ve read that some people found it slow and I can see why they thought that mostly because of how descriptive some parts of the novel are but in my opinion it moved very well.
This is such a throwback to the 80’s that I honestly think anyone that grew up in the 80’s as a child teenager or young adult would probably love this…LOVE IT. I’m thinking about lending it to my older brother! He’s 10 years older than me and would probably get a lot more of it then I had.
But, fantastic fun read. Recommend it to any videogame, 80’s lover geeky bookworm. Fit in any of those categories and I’m sure that you’d enjoy this. My Husband did a great job picking this book out for me!.
Now… get of the computer and GO READ! : ) and I’ll see you all… SOON! ❤