“You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.” – Ernest Cline
Synopsis: In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
This book is fiction that feels like it can turn into reality one day. On one side we have the virtual world, where you can basically live your entire life online. On the other hand we have the real world, which is deteriorating under our eyes. Both of these world can be our world some day, maybe in a different degree. Our virtual world is expanding, while our real world is slowly dying. Imagine living in a world like OASIS!
The story was excellent. The whole journey to the egg was amazing. The big amount of 80s references made the story superb. Personally, I’m a big fan of the 80s (being from the 90s myself), and this made the story so entertaining to read. The use of the riddles and the solving of the riddles was so fun to do. It felt like I was solving it along with Wade, even though I didn’t have a clue about the answers. The use of riddles was a fun aspect of the story. It reminded me of the Dan Brown books, which I am a great fan of.
My heart was with all the characters. I loved how most of them seemed so nice and turned out to be amazing people. Since we were seeing everything from Wade’s pov, I thought he was a great character. It was hard to find something to dislike about him. He is so nice, supporting, gives himself up for others. And the same goes for his friends. Can’t wait to read more of this!
I gave this book 5/5 stars.