I read this book in less than 8 hours, from cover to cover. Okay, so that might have had something to do that I was stuck inside all on my own for the day – but it’s also an amazingly good book!
It’s all about an online virtual reality game, which has taken over the way the world is seen and used. Set in the future, the world has crumbled into decline, with the ‘global energy crisis’ and the biggest recession in human history. As such, people spend all their free time logged into the OASIS, which provides a realistic escape from reality, enabling the user to become whoever they possibly want.
The creator of this game, James Halliday, is the richest man on the planet. When he dies, he leaves a hidden easter egg in the OASIS, and whoever first finds that easter egg will inherit his entire fortune. In a world where poverty is rife, and 90% of the population is a part of the OASIS – a mega-hunt ensures.
If you are obsessed with 80s culture, and a bit of a gaming nerd, then this is the book for you. For me, some of the 80s references were lost on me (being born in the early 90s) but because of super-nerdy boyfriend, I understood quite of a bit of the gaming references.
Even if you don’t know much about games or the 80s, this is still an amazing read. I can’t believe it’s Cline’s first novel – it seems like he’s been doing this forever! I could see this making a super-awesome film one day, but ONLY if it was done really well (which means it wouldn’t be able to come out any time soon, the film scene currently is disgraceful).
Seriously, I don’t want to give too much away because it’s the type of book you need to read for yourself. It’s possibly quite a ‘Marmite’ book. You’ll either get it and completely love it or you won’t. For me though, it’s a new favourite.(4 / 5)