“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.
But 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.” – taken from Amazon
Author: Ernest Cline
Print Length: 386 pages
In the year 2045 society is hung up on searching for James Halliday’s egg in the Oasis, an online virtual reality world created by Halliday, in order to inherit the massive amount of money he left after his death. The interest in Halliday and his treasure hunt have spurred a huge interest in 1980’s culture to the point where a large portion of society is obsessed with all things 80’s. The main character, Wade is a huge Halliday fan and has been searching for the egg for the past five years. One day he has an epiphany and figures out the first clue to the series of events that lead to the discovery of the egg at the end. Wade is a likable character. He is courageous, ethical, funny, intelligent, and just seems like a downright good person. I found his love interest refreshing in that he doesn’t fall for the “cookie cutter” type of girl. His critical thinking skills are second only to Art3mis, who happens to be the lovely lady he falls for. I liked her character as well but she did get on my nerves a bit when she got bitchy about Wade finding her name out and what she looked like, especially when he didn’t single her out in that process and only did it for her own safety and so the egg wouldn’t be found by the bad guys (the Sixers). Her defensive reactions towards him in regards to her physical appearance seemed a bit over the top. I enjoyed the twist towards the end when Wade and Aech meet as well. I didn’t want the story to end and enjoyed every minute I read. This one is definitely going on my Faves shelf.