rating 5 stars
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. And for years, millions have 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’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is 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?
I’m not going to lie, it was a bit hard for me to get into this one, some terminology I understood and others I had to think twice before getting it, but as things progressed it became more easy, the writing style was extremely simple but this was the best way to go because it had very detailed descriptions, so these two elements complemented each other.
I felt like the novel was almost inviting you to guess the clues along with the characters, it kept you thinking nonstop. And I couldn’t help but smile when I read names like David Fincher, Tyler Durden, The Clash, and Def Leppard, now I understand what everyone says, that you’ll probably find references to your favorites within the novel.
I completely loved the characters. I liked how friendship was portrayed and although money brought them together, they became a team and had a strong bond at the end. The atmosphere was well explained, it jumped from reality to virtual reality, both were equally clear and developed. Aside from everything, the massage was clear, there is no other place but reality, like it or not.
Needless to say it was such a cool and original novel, I enjoyed it immensely and I cannot wait for the movie to come out!