It’s the year 2044 and the world is not a nice place to live. Pollution, poverty, overcrowding are basic facts of daily life. But there is a nice place almost everyone can go to, the OASIS. This virtual world is both a game but also a place where you can spend almost all of your time. It’s where you go to school, play, work and even fall in love. When the mega-wealthy creator of OASIS died he left an Easter Egg for it’s users to find. The first one to locate the hidden Easter Egg wins his vast fortune and the company that owns OASIS. No one even knows where to start looking for the first clue in the massive virtual space until teenager Wade Watts finds the first key to discovering the Easter Egg. Wade loves the 1980’s, vintage video games, and pop culture, all knowledge that will help lead him to unraveling the mystery, or so he thinks anyway. While finding the first clue he meets up with the mysterious Art3mis, a Easter Egg hunter herself. But now everyone has their eyes on Wade, including the evil corporation IOI who want OASIS for themselves. Wade and Ar3mis must evade the ruthless IOI and somehow find the next two keys before anyone else does, not just for themselves, but for all the other users in the world.
If you love 1980’s and 90’s nerd culture you will love Ready Player One. It’s full of it’s own fun Easter Eggs, with references from Dungeons and Dragons to the band Rush to Pac-man. The plot is fast paced and the characters defy expectations in surprising ways. A Steven Spielberg directed film comes out next spring, so request your copy soon, this is going to have quite a long wait list soon.