It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And, like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who died with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late 20th century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
Narrator Wil Wheaton is an American actor and writer best known for his role as Wesley Crusher in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for playing Gordie Lachance in the film Stand By Me. More recently, he has appeared in several episodes of the TV series The Big Bang Theory as himself.
©2011 Ernest Cline (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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at first I thought this might be a bit to 'nerdy' for me. the topic is video games, but the story is compelling and while for some parts of the book the challenges the characters face seem too easy, that didn't last long. pleased to hear this book is to be made into a film.
Didn't know what to expect and was quickly pulled into the story and could hardly stop myself to finish it in one weekend. Amazing!
"dive in the oasis"
Now one of my favourite books. I encourage you to log on. share the adveture
"Really Enjoyable Listen"
Really enjoyed this book but I thought that it ended almost too suddenly but I'm the sort of person who likes knowing the aftermath of events that happen in a story but that's nitpicking.
Narrating was good but i would've enjoyed a bit more variation in the character voices as in some scenes it was hard to work out who was talking at a particular point in time.
"A must read,Great book!!"
I loved this book it's quirky, funny and very interesting. I recommend this for everyone
If you grew up playing 8 bit computer games then you're going to love this. Excellent narration and the story is full of imagination inspired by Second Life and the like. Brilliant.
"Good but geeky"
Enjoyable if a little long. Very geeky. Got s little bored with it by the end. Surely destined to be a film though.
I loved this book! Great 1980's and old school gaming references - which I am pleased to report that I didn't always 'get'. I walk away with my street cred partially intact!
I took a gamble on this and I don't regret it. Brilliantly performed by Will Weaton.
My new all time favorite book, Wil Wheaton is a master story teller. I will be recommending this to any and all who will listen to me.
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