This book is a mish-mash of different genres. Part treasure hunt, part trip down memory lane (if alive during the 80's, if not a new look into one of the greatest decades in history) this book will grab you and not let go.
A billionaire game designer with an obsession with the 80's decides to leave his sizable estate to whoever can follow the clues he left in the internet world he created called the Oasis that will lead the hunter to his ultimate prize. The first clue is hidden for 5 years until a young man finally gets the ball rolling...
I can't recommend this book enough for geeks or anyone that grew up in this amazing time.
This started out a lot of fun but as it went on I liked it less and less. It had a cool semi-dystopian future set-up with this really cool facebook-meets-video games-meets-virtual reality immersive secondary world which never really explored more than being a big video game. That's fine, that's the point of the book, but if something like this were ever real, it'd be so much more.
The thing that got to me was eventually the book just became a list of things from the 80's and talking about how they were "THE coolest" robot/game/character/movie.
There's no twist. Every plot development is the discovery of another obscure 80's relic that the listener has to be let in on. We dont get to discover much of anything for ourselves.
The bad guy is 2 dimensional. (Also a thinly veiled metaphor for Comcast) The dialogue gets old quick. And the whole thing is just a little too neckbeardy.
I enjoyed most of it. I couldve used a better third act, some real human dialogue and plot twist or two
Only if you actively call yourself a "gamer" or really miss the 80's
love love loved it! I have been waiting for a book just like this! A fantastic mix between Charlie and the chocolate factory and the movie Gamer. I couldn't be happier with this book. Lots of action and page turning action! I would recommend this to any distopia lover!
80s nostalgic adventure
I loved the way the book kept me at the edge of my seat.
I have not. I must say that he did a fine job. His woman voices could have been better, but other than that I found myself immersed in the story without the narration getting in the way.
Beyond fantastic. Top 5 for sure. I avoided this for a long time because the description made me think that I would hate it, but I loved every minute and binge-listened the entire thing in a few days.
If you played video games in the 80s this is an absolute must. Such a clever story-- I could really not have imagined that anyone could make a virtual world interesting whatsoever, but Cline pulls it off and then some.
I wish it could've kept going.
I can't pick just one. It was amazing.
The Final Battle
Favorite? I Loved the whole book.
This book is a roller coaster of feelings.
This was the first time I listened to a book that I had not already read previously and I am in Love. Wil Wheaton was amazing with his narration and his voices. I was completely immersed into this awesome book.
OK, as a former worlds of warcraft addict I have to say I absolutely loved this story. I love to immerse myself in any stories about VR or augmented reality. While not quite as amazing as Daemon, still I found myself listening even when not driving in my car (which rarely happens). I didn't give the story 5 stars because I reserve that only for great writing as well as a great story. The book is 4 star only because the writing is not quite as good as a Patrick Rothfus novel and there are one or two too many uncreative Deus ex Machina plot devices. But don't let that dissuade you. This is an EXCELLENT read!!!!!!!
I would have preferred if the story had done something more with the constant references to 80's culture besides just parroting the memes and expecting us to laugh along. Some level of analysis or critique would have been appreciated over 'HEY, THE SIMPSONS WERE A THING! LAUGH AT THE THING!' This was a decade full of changes in media, some positive, some negative, and I wish the book would have explored that.
Not at all. In fact, it's only because I like Sci-Fi that I powered through the book as long as I did.
Laid-back, sarcastic,...bland? Not the kindest thing, to say, but his characters all sounded the same.
All of the list scenes, and oh, are there many. Also, the chapter where he describes his new living arrangement in Columbus. And...actually, I would have left the book in ribbons.
I wish I'd liked this more, but the whole experience felt subpar. It was an 80's movie in an audiobook form, and let's just admit that 80's movies were not most well known for their plots. The tropes come thick in this tale, and even the inversions are obnoxiously obvious. I wanted to care about the characters, and the world, but at the end of the day, the book is as trapped in its virtual reality as the main character, and it only lazily swipes at anything beyond that.
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
Since my first and more detailed review somehow disappeared from Audible and I didn't think to save a copy, I'll only say:
1.) Anyone who remembers the 80's, ever played video games, or appreciates sci fi/fantasy will love it!
2.) The science fiction is NOT farfetched; this reads like a story that could possibly come true!
3.) I hear that a movie is in the works! And I will be first in line to see it, along with all the other geeks, dweebs, nerds, gamers, Monty Python fans, Pat Benatar and Rush fans, and everyone else who appreciates a rollicking good science fiction story.