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 almost everyone, Wade Watts has an escape – 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 almost everyone, he’s on the hunt for the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality – control of the OASIS, courtesy of the wish of its now-dead architect, James Halliday.
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.
I loved, loved, loved this book. Right from the first page it had me gripped. The pure geekiness of it, the story, the characters, the wold building, it all came together in a fabulous romp.
The IOI were great villains and Wade and his mismatched collection of fellow Gunters were just the sort of downtrodden hero’s every sci fi book needs. A brilliant run through everything geek (especially 80’s geek) and a story about growing up and realising that maybe the world isn’t so bad after all…
If you enjoy science fiction and dystopian novels but haven’t read this yet I recommend you bump it to the top of your TBR pile.