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. @goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1349271459 5 STARS
2 Words! MIND. BLOWN. I read Armada first because it was all over
goodreads with good reviews and I loved it, but different people said I
should read the first one, that it was better..... It was AWESOME!
though this book is in the future (2044) it's set up like a major 80's
blast from the past. I was so in my element I could have done a little
dance. BTW: I want my own OASIS!
OASIS is the virtual world
like nothing I have ever thought of in my life. You play games there,
watch movies, eat, I mean I could sit here and go on forever telling you
all of the things you can do, but I really think if you are a game fan
and an 80's fan then you should read this book!
Wade Watts has
been playing in this world since he was little...his home life wasn't
ideal. Then one day the owner of OASIS posts a video talking of his
death and since he has no heirs that whoever finds the hidden egg in the
game will win all of his billions of dollars. And this world is humungo
so you know this is going to be hard to do. I mean Wade and tons of
other people try to find this egg for years. Can you even imagine!
watches every single thing Halliday (owner/creator) ever watched,
listened to, read, games he played even commercials he watched. You name
it and Wade was going through it all over the years and memorizing
everything he could.
Wade also has some friends in the game and
he makes some new friends. But they are all fighting in this competition
and of course there are the evil people. Suddenly after all of these
years someone finds one of the keys and a clue, then they all start
finding them. The ride is awesome!
This man set this world up so
amazing in this game I really wish I could give out spoilers! I feel
like I was going back in time with all of the references.. from Family
Ties (the show) to Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan match in wrestling.
Andre :( Oh and in the beginning Wade was talking about an old atari
game called Adventure with the square and the dragons! I have that! That
was my favorite game, well it's around here somewhere, never found it
when we moved, but I digress. There is even a really cool part that has
to do with the movie War Games, remember with Matthew Brodrick and Ally
Sheedy. I think I just butchered their names, anyway, it's incredible.
They have to do some really tough challenges and some people die, I found that very sad because of the way it happened.
ending was sooooo good. I had the biggest smile on my face when I
finished this book. It's definitely a keeper and I have my copy on my
amazon wish list right now. If you haven't read this and it sounds at
all interesting to you then READ IT!