I wasn't much of a child of the 80's though I suppose I'm the right age. I did really enjoy all the references to vintage games. I grew up playing text adventure games and D&D role playing, so that was cool too.
This is really a phenomenal book, I loved every bit of it. The sheer volume of references 80s references, the number of "no waaaay" moments, the futuristic concept w/ just a slight bit of social commentary, the development of friendship - all of it, awesome. The reasons it gets docked a star are the following: the depictions of anxiety and frustration and how they affect social interactions wasn't really well done, Wade was a bit too perfect (he even got a physical makeover outside of the Oasis), they didn't show what they did with the money in the end, Artemis could have had way more character development, there were a couple lines of dialogue where I thought the narrator lost the intention of the author, and a few too many deus ex machine moments. Overall, a great read / listen!
It was fantastic, the story, the performance of the narrator, and everything about the book. If you like all things sci-fi, video games, and a battle of good versus evil then you won't be able to pause this audiobook. Excuse me while I go listen again and buy the physical book.....
Wil Wheaton is masterful at telling this story. I haven't listened to any of his other works but now, I'm going to find and buy them. thanks Wil!
Hooked from the first chapter. People can say what they want about the immaturity of the writing and the 80's nostalgia. It is written from the pov of a socially awkward gamer and how he views his world. Brilliant and heartwarming. Would read again.