So what’s the story about? Well, it’s set in the near dystopian future (2045) where a majority of the population/society has resorted to online living (virtual reality) via a visor/gloves/body suit to escape physical reality. The popular platform is called the OASIS invented by an introvert programmer named James Halliday. The OASIS is a multi-million dollar business. Halliday died at the age of 74 and before he died he created an online game/contest to find an Easter Egg in the OASIS. Whoever finds the egg will get Halliday’s fortune including control over the OASIS. The race is on!
After reading the book, I watched the movie but all I did was compare the book to the movie. So I really didn’t enjoy the movie the first time I watched it. The second time though was a different matter. I totally enjoyed it even though the movie wasn’t exactly how it was in the book.
And as for the book, well I wouldn’t exactly give it any literary awards. In that sense, it was easy to read and follow and there was always a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter – to hook you in to read a bit more. It had a good storyline and there were plenty of references to pop culture especially of the 1980’s. I would recommend this book.