Book 28 of 52: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ok, I know I’m way behind on reading this book, but I just didn’t go for it when it was super popular because the video game theme didn’t appeal to me. I’ve seen the film and enjoyed it, but the book is much better, of course. I think it was the intelligence of the main characters, their determination to take down the big, evil corporation trying to make their dystopian lives even more dystopian, and the fast pacing.
In the year 2045, 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.
But 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.
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