young adult • science fiction
“As terrifying and painful as reality can be. it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
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
I really loved the game world, the OASIS. It brought all my geekiness and weird game spirit inside me. I enjoyed all the creativity this book offered and I would really like to try living in the OASIS world one day.
The characters were diverse and entertaining. We have American, Asian, African, gay, straight, and lots of weirdos. I loved how the book didn’t focus on the characters appearance but more to their personality. So the main character wasn’t the most handsome guy on the planet that everyone falls in love to and that’s a good thing because that’s better than a hero with a perfect physical appearance. I feel like Wade’s character was geekier this way. Okay, I don’t want to be stereotypical about geek’s appearance out there. But I’m sick of the handsome and pretty main character in most of YA books. So character-wise it was quite refreshing.
I did have problem with some games or movies that were mentioned in the book. I don’t know some of them so it was a bit hard for me to process the clues that were given for the hunt. Well, yes it wasn’t really meant for the reader to solve anyway, but I couldn’t stay away from solving clues and puzzles especially from a book, so it was stressing me out not knowing things.
Overall, as a gamer, I thought this book is so creative combining games and movies in the “egg hunt”. The book was a page-turner and I enjoyed every page of it. And I recommend this book to all of you reader who have the gamer spirit or love a creative sci-fi world. Well, more on the gamer spirit though.