Anyone who enjoys video games, comics, and all things related to "geek" culture must listen to this! It depicts an astounding future of virtual reality that makes you appreciate gaming on a sophisticated level.
It was hard to stop listening; very suspenseful and entertaining! I felt there were some minor implausible events but nothing that irreparably broke my suspension of disbelief. The performance was good; each character's character really came through, although it wasn't always easy to distinguish the protagonist's thoughts from their speeches.
This book is like if r/lewronggeneration and A-ha ate lunch at a bad sci-fi themed tourist trap, then jerked off on a plate of anime and Atari 2600s. The references were shallow, the 1980s were way too glorified even for the gimmick, and the characters barely served anything other than the faultless protagonist. But the pacing was pretty good, the sense of scope never failed to capture my attention, and the listening time flew by. Will Wheaton also did a nice job narrating.
Although I enjoyed the adventure, the substance that pushed this book into the mainstream just disappointed.
Prose was on point though.
This is now one of my favorite books of all time. I came for the pop culture but stayed for the character development & wonderful romance.
This book is for all the undercover 80's needs like me out there. I learned much about 80's pop culture that I didn't know before...despite living it. A must listen, Will Wheaton is a phenomenal narrator.