Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Random House NY
In the year 2044, 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.
Man this was a fun book! I will admit, it took a little bit to get emerged in the story because there was a LOT of world-building, but once it picked up… I was in. I loved all the vague 80’s references that I’m a little young for, but still really enjoyed. Overall, the book was a lot of fun and I’m so glad I picked it up (thanks to a friend’s recommendation).