This book is a mish-mash of different genres. Part treasure hunt, part trip down memory lane (if alive during the 80's, if not a new look into one of the greatest decades in history) this book will grab you and not let go.
A billionaire game designer with an obsession with the 80's decides to leave his sizable estate to whoever can follow the clues he left in the internet world he created called the Oasis that will lead the hunter to his ultimate prize. The first clue is hidden for 5 years until a young man finally gets the ball rolling...
I can't recommend this book enough for geeks or anyone that grew up in this amazing time.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Great story. Engaging, well paced, entertaining. Having grown up in the 60s, 70s, 80s many of the references actually resonated. Heartily recommend for anybody who grew up with early computer games. Probably even those that didn't will like it.
be it liberal or conservative, don't you just hate it when they can't help but stuff their political views down your throat. this book does that in spades. and what's worse the author does not even understand the terms he is using. he goes on and on about fascist corporation, but corporations can't become fascist. only governments can. this book is saved by the amazingly fun story. he got that right at least. so if you can excuse the fact that by no means does he know what he is talking about on the political side. then it's a great read.
Recommended quick read. Having Wil Wheaton read this book made the references feel real! All of the 80's nostalgia was mixed into a bit of a puzzle mystery action story. It had me flying through the book with great visual cues and reality jumps.
love love loved it! I have been waiting for a book just like this! A fantastic mix between Charlie and the chocolate factory and the movie Gamer. I couldn't be happier with this book. Lots of action and page turning action! I would recommend this to any distopia lover!
80s nostalgic adventure
I loved the way the book kept me at the edge of my seat.
I have not. I must say that he did a fine job. His woman voices could have been better, but other than that I found myself immersed in the story without the narration getting in the way.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
MY BULLET BILL THIS MONTH WAS GOING TO BE HUGE
I am going to join the 30,000+ who have given this a 4.7 rating and say this is a wonderful book. I loved it from the get go and their was not a single dull moment. I am a little old for the generation that will love this the best. In the 80's I was in my 20's, married and had my two kids. I played some of the early systems and can even remember text games, where all you had was text and you could only give simple commands. I remember the first time I saw a pong machine (not mentioned in the book). I remember Space Invaders at the bowling alley.
THE CROWD WENT WILD
I might buck the crowd just a little and say, if you did or do not play video games, then you will not enjoy this. The bigger the nerd you were or are, than the more you will enjoy this. This is mostly for the hard core nerds and not the pop scene. For instance even though MTV is mentioned and even though Michael Jackson made MTV popular, his name is never mentioned. I had heard of most of the games, but not all and I had played a few. Games such as Master of Orion and Romance of The Three Kingdoms (my favorite games) are totally ignored. So, there is a certain amount of bias in the book.
THE GAME WITHIN THE GAME
The plot is a game, which is why I am sure none gamers will not like it. I loved the game within the game and thought it was very well done. I normally do not like shoot-em ups in any book, but this is so well done, that it holds your attention. There is a romance that is well done, there is suspense, some surprises, and even without the 80's references it would be a great book.
THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OG
Yea, there is also some serendipity help that takes place, especially toward the end and the main character just seems too knowledgeable at times. Watching nerdy movies is one thing, but memorizing the entire dialogue??? My wife and I did see War Games at the theater and War Games plays big in the book.
Just before this book I listened to a Scalzi book, not narrated by Wil Wheaton and I followed that up with this book, read by Wil Wheaton, but not written by Scalzi, how weird is that? Anyways Wheaton is one of my favorites and was the perfect pick for this book. He Crushered it.
Beyond fantastic. Top 5 for sure. I avoided this for a long time because the description made me think that I would hate it, but I loved every minute and binge-listened the entire thing in a few days.
If you played video games in the 80s this is an absolute must. Such a clever story-- I could really not have imagined that anyone could make a virtual world interesting whatsoever, but Cline pulls it off and then some.
I wish it could've kept going.