The year is 2044 the world is an over populated, wasteland. The world is gripped by an energy crisis and global warming is just one of the many issues face by the planets current occupants. As life on Earth is so dismal most of the employed humans spend their time logged into the oasis, a virtually reality simulator with thousands of galaxies and millions of worlds. In the oasis people can be whoever they want to be no matter who they are in real life. When the creator of the oasis, a reclusive billionaire called James Halliday dies he sets a competition where the winner not only becomes master of the oasis but also inherits all of Halliday’s fortune.
Wade Watts is a poor orphan who lives with his aunt and her boyfriend. Wade lives in the stacks, a slum-like residential area that is ravaged by poverty. He attends school with in the oasis but does not have enough money or points to leave and go in search of the golden egg which is the aim of the game set out by Halliday. When Wade stumbles onto a serious clue to finding the egg he becomes a celebrity inside the oasis but when a large multinational corporation known as IOI tries to hire Wade to find the egg, Wade refuses, but sadly this results in the attempted assassination on Wades life which fails. Wade then flees the stacks and teams up with some fellow gamers to find the egg and destroy IOI once and for all.
I was recently admitted to hospital which as you know is one of the most boring and mind-numbing situations one can be in. This book was a Perfect way to pass the time and was practically impossible to predict the end result. This book shows a version of the future that not only could happen but most likely will.
Teen Rating: One of the greatest science-fiction books I have ever read. 4.5/5 14+