Publication Date: 16th August 2011
Genre: Science Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★★
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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.
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
This book was such a fun, adventurous read to start 2021 with. The world of the OASIS was incredibly detailed, filled with many 80’s references that really made the book entertaining to read. I found myself hooked just a few chapters in.
The book itself follows Wade Watts as he is competing against millions of others around the world to solve the puzzles left behind in the OASIS and win the ultimate prize, to inherit the fortune left by the creator and become the sole owner of the OASIS. The OASIS itself is a large multiplayer game that developed into millions of planets in which avatars can transport. Wade even attends school in the OASIS.
There are many obstacles he needs to overcome, like escaping from the IOI, the evil corporation that are planning on using their powers once they win to charge people monthly fees to use the OASIS, which is free for everyone. As the world itself is crumbling down, riddled with poverty and full of starving people, the OASIS provides an escape from those looking to forget about their problems and be who they want to be. It’s when he becomes a target in real life that the adventure really begins, and I found myself on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Wade is our protagonist in this book, but we also have incredible characters like Art3mis, Aech, and Shoto. They are all fascinating individuals who, though competing against Wade, manage to become great friends and team up with him to take down the IOI.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book which surprised me, as I’m not one for science fiction books. It was entertaining, funny, and full of suspense. I found it hard to put the book down and would definitely recommend anyone to give it a read. It was full of depth and I felt as though I had been transported into the OASIS myself.