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.
Both of us really enjoyed reading this one, despite our relative lack of familiarity with 80′s culture. Although the plot itself is pretty straightforward, the journey to the end of Wade’s quest is lots of fun, and we found ourselves with plenty to talk about during our discussion. This book seemed like a good one for people who enjoy thinking about virtual reality systems and the direction in which the internet is headed. Or for people who just really like the 80′s.
Discussion questions below the cut!