Movie buffs, video game aficionados and anyone nostalgic for the 80s will get a kick out of Ernest Cline's debut novel Ready Player One.
Its 2044 and the world has turned into a terribly depressing place, the recession never ended and the energy crisis has all but depleted Earth's resources. To escape, almost the entire population "plugs in" to a fully immersible virtual reality called the OASIS. The world shops, goes to school and interacts with each other through avatars amidst thousands of planets.When the story opens the OASIS's inventor has just died and has offered up his multi-billion dollar inheritance and a controlling share of the game to the first gamer who can find the Easter Egg hidden within the vast universe with the help of three clues. The only problem is the inventor was an 80s pop culture buff and all his clues revolve around the 80s.
Critics have described Ready Player One as a "nerdgasm" and "crypto nerd fantastia" and many have listed it on their respective Best Books of 2011 lists. Styled like a traditional quest adventure story with chases, escapes, murder, intrigue and a DeLorean spaceship, there is plenty to keep you addicted to the plot. Reminiscent of the Matrix with a dash of King Arthur, this fast-paced ride is pure fun