I purchased it because the reviews were great. I didn't realize it was written and performed by Wil Wheaton. Seriously, I have no idea how the reviews are so good. The writing is so poor that I couldn't even stomach more than about half an hour of it. Pick anything else.
Novel concept, in depth characters, fun references. Knocked it down to 4 stars due to some language and adult content.
It's basically just a long 80s fanfic with an immature protagonist. Not terrible, but not required reading by any means. If you're in your 30s, you'll enjoy the 80s references. If not, you'll see the the book doesn't really stand on its own without them.
a great book. it brought back so many wonderful memories of my early video game adventures. it also made me realize what true love was all about. my next read will be Armada.
I applaud the author's cleverness - setting the world in the future yet focusing all content on the 1980s worked with this plot. The story was well-constructed with more convincing detail than necessary, unless you are a male video-game nerd and then you likely reveled in his obscure references to video games. Pacing was great, I definitely stayed engaged. This is very entertaining, even for someone like me who never found video games all that interesting. And if you are or grew up as an isolated male nerd who lost himself in virtual worlds, this is a must-read. Will Wheaton does a great job as the narrator. If, however, you are looking for character depth or a message beyond interest freedom (as important as it is), look elsewhere. I do think the author tried to get an important message in toward the very end, but it falls flat (to me) in the face of the extensive love letter to virtual worlds and games up until that point. Overall, entertains well and a good audio book.