In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
This book. Omg. This book y’all. It is one of a kind and I haven’t been this in love with a book for a while. It was so good and I couldn’t stop reading it. I am so glad that my friend started reading it cause I wouldn’t have started it otherwise. It is a piece of art and I am so glad that they are making it into a movie. I really really want to watch it. Like right this second. I also want to re-read this book, like right this second. But sadly that wouldn’t help me complete my year reading goal. Also I’m reading a book at the moment. But, otherwise I totally would.
The thing with this book is that I went into it not thinking that it would be my thing and to begin with I was a bit apprehensive about liking because of that. But I am so glad I gave it a chance, if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have known the beauty that it is. This book is honestly writing goals. It is so well structured and the prose is stunning and I know that a lot of people dislike the sheer amount and length of the info dumps that are in here, but I honestly found them so interesting and necessary to the overall plot. I would have been so lost without them that I am grateful that he decided to keep them in. They also showed us some of the main characters personality which I really enjoyed. I honestly wasn’t that sure of how I felt about Wade when we first met him. The info dumps really helped to decide my opinion of him. But now, I can totally relate to him and his character.
Well most of his character. The only thing that I was confused by how naive he was when Sorrento told him that they were going to blow up his trailer and Wade just didn’t believe him. He was aware of how ruthless the sixers were so why wouldn’t he believe the head sixer when he said that he was going to blow up his trailer? Sorrento had no reason not to follow through with his word that the fact that Wade thought he wouldn’t was baffling.
I think Aech or Art3mis had to be my favourite character. They were both babes and Art3mis was the smartest person in the whole book. I also love how diverse this book was, and it didn’t seem forced either. Except maybe Aech’s character. But whatever it was nice to see a fat, black, lesbian in a book without being discriminated against irl (irl to the book, not to actual real life). Aech’s personality was so great, I loved her so much, she was just so great. Her humour was everything and the fact that she took no shit from Wade was just wonderful. She stood up for herself and waited for him to apologise before going back to him. Aaah! Just so great! And the fact that Wade took all the blame and didn’t even try to make it seem as if their falling out was a mutual thing. Nope. He just took all the blame and I think he might be my favourite male character ever. Especially as he took steps to improve himself. For himself and not just for a girl.
Can we talk about Ogden Morrow for a second? Seriously, he is goals. Like legit goals. The way he was so rude about the sixers, on public tv and how he stayed out of the whole thing, just watching from the sidelines. That is complete goals. I wish I was as cool as him. Especially how when the sixers crashed his birthday and he just killed them all. That is probably the most relatable thing in the whole book. I wish I gave that few fucks. Basically I just wish I was Ogden Morrow. That’s what I’m saying and I have no shame. I would look hot with a beard and I’m not gonna deny it.
The only thing cooler than Ogden Morrow is the OASIS. I’m so glad we don’t have it because the planet would just collapse. But it would be so cool. I would be so happy. Or at least I would think I was happy. Honestly I think that’s the trap of technology, like the OASIS or otherwise. We think it’s making us happy when in reality we’re becoming so dependant on it that even the thought of not having it immediately accessible causes us to have a quick panic sweat. I would say that’s what’s wrong with my generation but it’s not. What’s wrong with my generation is the generation before it. But this isn’t the place to get into that. I would love the freedom of the OASIS. It would be so wonderful to be able to go anywhere and be anyone you want. But obviously this comes at a price in the OASIS, an actual monetary price and not a more dramatic one. I think that if it was a more dramatic one no one would use the OASIS, which is fair. Because who wants to donate their first child to a company for unlimited teleportation within a video game? Not any well adjusted person that’s for sure.
Overall this is an excellent book and it is so far my only favourite read of the year. But that’s not difficult as it is the only book I have read this year. But I am very glad that the first one I finished is a favourite. I think it might even be an all time favourite, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 5/5 stars, all the way, I would give it more if I could. If you get your hands on a copy then read it. Please. There’s something here for everyone. Not just sci-fi readers.