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
Imaginative, engaging, fun
The best part about the story was its plausibility and Ernest Cline's easy style. It reminded me of Rick Riordan's easy and accessible style (refer Percy Jackson series), but this book had a sense of plausibility to it (despite the fantastic scene setting).
Obviously, Wade (the main character). Wil Wheaton's narration was first class, btw.
Nup. This was a pretty cruisy listen. A pop corn sci fi but really well written and researched.
This is a fun listen to a book which is well researched and written. The good thing was the innovative scene setting. Perhaps it could have focussed even more on the negative aspects of video gaming addicts, but that's not the purpose of this book.
Yeh I'd give them a shot but I wouldn't expect depth from Cline. Wheaton was a great narrator - he was perfect for the job.
The VR world was cool and the idea of being able to explore so many worlds.
The least interesting parts where the info dumps. So many info dumps!
He was really enthusiastic and got into the story a lot. Very good performance.
It would be good if it examined itself a bit more so if that were to happen I'd give a sequel a shot.
Definitely not self aware enough. I find it hard to believe that a few decades on from now we'd be so utterly obsessed with the 80s that we'd build and ENTIRE UNIVERSE dedicated to it. I get it that this book was meant to be a fun romp back into the 80s but it neglected the future aspect of the story a lot. The implications of a society SO stuck in the past - what about the present? What about all those NEW games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows?
-- side note - the author likes LISTS a LOT - it got mega irritating him saying "games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows" about a hundred times as if he was trying to meet a word count. Give it a rest already!
Anywho...it felt like...this book used all the high tech stuff as just an excuse to go back to the 80s and have a giant nerd-gasm about 8bit arcade games 'faded Space Invaders tees'. While it was a fun adventure with some pretty good characters, I felt it ultimately too shallow for my tastes.
What s great book, if your bit of a geek and you grew up in the 80's this book is for you 👍
Loved this book, listened to it whenever I could and really believable. Highly recommend
What a gripping story, and performance! So sit back and enjoy a real underdog adventure as Wil Wheaton transports you to the nearest audible equivalent to the Oasis!
"An Absolute rollercoaster of a book!"
This book had me gripped from the start, it has everything that a good sci-fi novel should have!
Easily enters the top of my recommended reading list. Certainly one I shall be passing down to my children and grandchildren.
Huge respect for Wil Wheaton on the narration, he does a stellar job of conveying the feelings of the characters and keeping the listening gripping hour after hour
Great Narration and fantastic story, perfect for my generation (40somethings) and anyone who likes great retro references and a gamer/geek story..
Being older and having a historical disliking of `ol Wesley, I was sceptical. Admittedly I've seen him more recently on TV/social media etc. He's growing on me... TBH though I thought he nailed this narration, great addition to the story...and he get's to name-drop himself :)
Yes, to my wife's annoyance.
Worried they'll trash the story in the new film....fingers crossed.
Really enjoyable story, great escape for a few hours, keeps you hooked and entertained, great narration , would recommend to all ages
"(Enders Game + vintage culture) - depth"
I blasted through this book and loved the choice of narrator (perfect for the whole tone of the work).
It's easy reading/listening, and peppered with references and details that chime with anyone in their 30s or 40s, making it a treat to follow. The protagonist is a child, to whom the culture we are so familiar with, is history. His world is a convincing future and his experience is believable.
I mention Enders Game in the title, as the story takes you through a linear narrative, but in the end I couldn't give this book 5 stars, as it fell short of the world twisting conclusion of EG.
It's a good book, and such fun, with moments that made my heart ache (memories of being a geeky teen myself), but it's not a truly great book.
"Brilliant 80's nostalgia"
I'm really looking forward to seeing what Spielberg does with this. Especially some of the "boss" battles.
This is a great book for anyone who has a hankering for reliving their 80's childhood
"Better than the movie?"
If you are interested in sci-fi, computer games (especially adventure or mmo) and adventure books, then you probably already read this one. If not, do it! Fantastic work by Wil Wheaton, right up there with Steven Pacey and almost Steven Fry. Rich in humor and action, not so much darkness and drama as similar themed books. I loved it so much that I almost don't look forward to the movie adaptation.
"Gamer geek fest"
First, I found the narration by Wil Wheaton to be great. He spoke clearly, was well paced and had nuance and character that made each character distinct without going to vocal extremes. I am going to search and see what else he may have narrated.
The story itself is set in a dystopian future that is quite bleak and the outlet that is the game Oasis is the only life for many even though it is not really a life.
The challenges faced by Wade in his quest to find the ultimate game Easter egg are interesting, challenging and full of 1980's trivia when video arcades were all the rage. The villain and evil corporation that wants to gain control and to further enslave the populace is properly reprehensible and willing to do anything in the name of advancing themselves and the company.
I did find the middle of the book lost pace and was a bit slow but it picked up again and continued to keep my interest.
If you have a passing knowledge of video games and like an action thriller sci-fi novel then this could be one for you,
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