Before I tell you my thoughts on this book, I thought it to be useful if I posted the synopsis from good reads.
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.
I give this book 5/5 stars. Here’s Why:
What I liked:
THE WORLDBUILDING WAS FREAKING AWESOME! For those of us who love video games, future technology, science fiction, and virtual reality elements, this book is perfect! The 80s references were great, and the way the book was set up was even better. I listened to the audiobook, and Will Wheaton was the narrator. He did a great job. I was hooked in from the very first page (I started with the physical book). Wade was a fascinating protagonist, and he had me laughing through the entire reading experience. Artemis displayed a great persona throughout the book, and I appreciated the insertion of such a badass female gamer! I just couldn’t get enough. It is definitely a book I will keep on my shelf for years to come.
What I Didn’t Like:
There is one thing I didn’t like about this book, and I didn’t think it warranted me docking a star from the rating. The ending could have been longer. It got super abrupt, and then it was over. Done. Finito.
If you don’t like technology centered Science Fiction, video game references, 80’s references, obsessive relationships, or smart ass teenagers; you won’t like this book. However, If the thought of the synopsis above intrigues you, I recommend you pick up the audiobook and see how you like it. Wheaton does a fantastic job. though, I also recommend you listen to it at double speed. >.>