Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into 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 most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
The real world, in 2045, is the usual dystopian horror story. The world has mostly depleted its fossil fuels, and climate change has irreversibly damaged the world. What little is left is being fought over by the world’s most powerful nations. Crime is at an all time high, and chaos reigns. So who can blame Wade, if he spends most of his time in a virtual world? The 18-year-old, orphaned at 11, has no friends in his vertical trailer park in Oklahoma City, while the OASIS provides daily escapism, and it’s free. Its creator, the legendary billionaire James Halliday, left a curious will. He had devised an elaborate online game within the OASIS, a hunt for a hidden Easter egg. The finder would inherit his estate…..
I really did love this book. It’s a game I could see myself playing, and a puzzle I could see myself be solving. The huge rush of 1980s nostalgia brought back memories of my childhood. Very interesting insight in how technology such a Virtual Reality can affect the Human kind.