Summary (via Goodreads): 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.
My thoughts: This book is AWESOME. What I love about this book is that it gives us a world that is now run my social media and the internet. If I were to describe the book it is the Matrix meets Willy Wonka.
A major strength of this book is the characters. Wade is an amazing protagonist that is also relate able. Another great character is Aech, Wade’s best friend in the OASIS system and Artemis who is my example of a well written, well developed female character. Yes there is a romance between Wade and Artemeis but it is very well handled and you actually see them develop as an actual couple and not the “insta-love” that is usually seen in Young Adult novels.
I also like the world it takes in, the fact that a majority of the book takes in within the OASIS system. With the OASIS they’re schools, businesses and people living their ordinary lives, and I think it mirrors our society use of social media and the internet. I also love the references the book makes in pop culture. If you are a fan of 80s and 90s movies, games, and TV shows, this is the book for you. It also feels more organic with the book rather than thrown in for fan service.
Now for my thoughts on the upcoming movie. I really hope the movie would do the book justice, I know changes may happen due to copyright, and I know Steven Spielberg is a great director. But PLEASE don’t make this another Eragon or Percy Jackson.
I think this book is an amazing read, and it’s a book I am happy to reread over and over.