loved every minute of it, every time I stopped it, I could not wait to start it up again. it got better and better as the story went on and never let up!
if you're a nerd, this is a great book. There are thousands of nerd subculture references, it's basically the whole point of the story. The fact that Will Wheaton read it, gives even more bonus points (unless you're a hard core Next Gen fan and you probably hate the kid!) If you're a gamer, you will LOVE THIS BOOK! I myself, am not. So every time I heard "my avatar" I got sucked out of the fantasy of it and remembered that our hero is a fat kid sitting in a van hooked into a VR rig. If that kind of thing doesn't bother you, you will definitely love it!
As a software engineer, I thoroughly enjoyed the story but found myself struggled through the whole teen romance part which made this book more young adult than needed.
Truly enjoyed the book several times. Wonderful world, ideas, and struggles.
The writer makes real the artificial world, as real to me as it was the the characters.
Will Wheaton is a great narrator. A pretty standard quest tale with an original tone and setting. It is great for both the young and young at heart.
It was okay. It seemed like a book more for teens. It wasnt bad though. I liked the authors imagination of a whole different virtual world in the future. It got my imagination going. Definitely a gamer nerd book. But nerd is the new cool. I personally prep for the zombie apocalypse but gaming stuff is cool too.
I really enjoyed this book, the plot is an imaginative blend of bildungsroman, romance, portraying the adventures of a Dickens-like orphan in an unhappy foster family trying to escape his lot. The story then evolves in a sort of treasure-hunt reminiscent of the pirate stories from the 19th century. It tackles a wide range of contemporary questions (maybe out of conformism more than anything else) such as the growing inequalities between the wealthy and the poor, the weight of technology in our lives, discrimination,...
The only issue with the book, in my opinion, is the amount of references to the '80s. Sometimes, they're a crucial part of the story, but sometimes it feels like being read a wikipedia page like "rock bands of the 1980s" or "adventure movies of the 1980s", at some point these references become so intrusive that they are a bit distracting from the story itself.
Wil Wheaton does a remarkable job at narrating!
This book was recommended by two people I know. It is so gripping for me that it felt like it reduced a fifty minute commute down to five minutes.
If you have any love for the 1980's computers, music or movies, it's a fun ride down memory lane. Just the shear research is worth the listen.
The future that is depicted in this story is scaringly plausible, even more so than The Matrix was. On top of that, they plan to make a movie with it!