Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Arrow Books 2012
Number of pages: 374
As part of the lovely feature I have tried to read lots of books from my to be read list (as it gets longer by the day!) This book won the vote, which I was really pleased about because it’s out in the cinema this week so it has worked out brilliantly!
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, 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 year, millions have struggles fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based on Halliday’s obsession with 80s pop culture. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly he find himself pitted against thousands of competitor 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.
I absolutely loved this book! It’s the first book I have given 5 stars to in quite some tie and I think it totally deserved it.
This book is nostalgia porn. If you grew up in the 80s, enjoy video games, or go crazy for popular culture, you will devour this one. I read the beginning and thought, “what’s the big deal with everyone’s obsession?” Then Ernest Cline got his meat hooks into me and I read it while I was making dinner, while I was eating dinner, and then afterward until I’d finished it. I can see how it will appeal to most of my
fellow geeks friends.
As someone who has spent probably entire weeks of her life playing video games, this book feels a bit like validation.
“Anyone smart enough to accomplish what they have should know better than to risk everything by talking to the vultures in the media”
After reading this review, do you think this is a book you’d love to read?
Happy reading -ox