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It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.show more
Awesome!!! It's all I have to say!! If you like nerd and geek stuff, please read this book! It's just awesome!!! :)
I absolutely loved it, once I started reading it I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down to sleep. Anyone who loves books, movies, tv shows, or video games will love this book!
Well written and highly proposed for people above of their 30s. It has a complete pop culture reference from the 80s, 90s and 00s regarding movies, music, video games and computers. Its an extremely breath taking book with a lot of action and pop culture references in a dystopian set up. A must read sci fi book for the fans and not only of the genre. P.S. A movie is en route.
If youÃ¢??re a fan of 80s pop culture, this is a story for you! The whole concept of the virtual universe being the main source of reality was fascinating. Everyone spent more time inside the OASIS than logged off. Their day-to-day lives was all online (from school, to working out, to socializing, etc.). The person behind the screen didnÃ¢??t matter. I think that was my favorite part about the book. These teenagers chose what identity they wanted to project in the OASIS. In the OASIS, such trivial things as looks didnÃ¢??t matter. Gender didnÃ¢??t matter. Status didnÃ¢??t matter. They could be whomever they wanted to be. It made the friendships more honest (in a weird way). Wade had no idea what his best friend or the girl he has a crush on looks like in real life. But it doesnÃ¢??t matter to him. I liked that part. Also, I was surprised by how many of the 80s references I understood (being a kid of the 90s). True, most of the gaming references sailed right over my head, but I understood a surprising amount of the movie reference. Pretty proud of myself on that one! I canÃ¢??t help but wonder if I would have gotten more from the book if I truly was a fanatic about the 80s (or had at least experienced it). I kind of wannaÃ¢?? shove the book in my dadÃ¢??s face, make him read it, and then discuss. But yeahÃ¢?Â¦it was a fun read! IÃ¢??m a sucker for a story that uses the online world, and boy did this story take premise to a whole other level. Check it out and see what I mean!