Will Wheaton is the power house that got me through this book. I typically enjoy science fiction universes and this is no exception. It was unashamed that it took all of its inspiration directly from previous source material, and I have to respect that. However, there were two major draw backs. The first was the main character. I couldn't feel the slightest bit of empathy for him because he was wholly unrelatable as a character, at least to me personally. This can't be said for the others, who, in all, made the main cast fairly strong. They pulled him along, not unlike Frodo in the Lord of the rings, I never liked him, but I enjoy the story for the universe and all the supporting characters.
The other, and by far the most glaring flaw was that the book was SO predictable and drawn out. We get it, you have a really cool toy Wade, now, to quote Monty Python "GET ON WITH IT."
It's also not hard to understand that Wade is the good guy who's on hard times when he becomes the single most important man in the world, and that the IOI are the bad guys. I mean, how heavy handed can you get?? I know, it's a bildungsroman and gray moral issues aren't at the forefront of the story, but dang. I started to get bored to death towards the end.
All I'm saying is that I Wouldn't have finished it if it weren't for Will Wheaton. He's the best.
Wil Wheaton does an outstanding job reading this book. Being a fan of his and knowing who he is, it only adds to the greatness of this entire experience. Gripping from the beginning, and quite an adventure throughout. Outstanding job Ernest and Wil. This is an experience I'll never forget. A huge thanks to the author for that, and of course Wil Wheaton.
I have never left a review for a book before, but I am compelled to do so now. This is seriously one of the best books I have ever read. Ever. Seriously. I don't know the author, although I am now going to go search for more of his books. Just read it (listen to it). Mr. Wheaton did an excellent job as well.