“Going outside is highly overrated.”
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.
★★★★★ (X´s 432872399384)
My goodness gracious, what a whiplash of feelings.
This by far is my all-time favorite sci-fi reads. I don’t know what could top this.
The characters were perfectly fleshed out. I felt like I grew with Wade too. A lot of time had passed from the beginning pages of the story to the final scene. It felt like a “virtual” and literal journey.
The story was always engaging and exciting. There were moments when the pacing allowed for my heart to place catch-up with all the action-packed scenes, so it was all very well-balanced.
I have never said this before about a dystopian novel, but I actually want to be a part of this world. I WISH there was something like the OASIS. It sounds like the ultimate MMORPG, and those can get pretty addicting anyway. However, I like the ending message that the book taught us (sorry, you have to read it to find out!); it was a stark contrast to what the setting surrounded.
Sadly, I borrowed this book from my friend (thank you, friend). I see myself buying this in the foreseeable future, though.
Update: I BOUGHT IT.