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Publisher Description

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

The worldwide bestseller—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the year 2045, 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. 

But 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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
August 16
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

ㅊㅎㄹ호 ,

Great First Novel

The instant I heard about this book, I knew I had to have it. I got it the moment it was available at the itunes store. Sadly, I finished the book today. If you love sci-fi and the 80's this is a must have. Insta-classic!

Mrphantastyque ,

Played With

I purchased this book after seeing an article about it in entertainment weekly. What really drew me to the book was its description of a science fiction book peppered with pop culture and video game references. The author truly is a child of the 80s in that this book felt like it was written by a very clever, imaginative, but ultimately immature 12 year old. At first I was drawn into the story by the main character and his diverse and detailed world of 2040 something. It was a skillfully written setup that made me anticipate a rich and imaginative story. Alas 'twas not to be. When the main character actually begins his journey/adventure through his virtual reality world all the adult themes and plots take a backseat to an endless stream of inane childish hero fantasies. At first it's charming and fun but grows to be tedious and really weighs down any character development or subtext that was sorely lacking. The author came up with several interesting obstacles for our hero to overcome but instead of continuing that trend he only repeats the same games with new settings (first our hero has to reenact the movie war games and later Monty python). By about 3/4 through this book I was massively disappointed not caring who won or how (although theses events transpire predictably enough so I hardly had to actually finish it). Good try but hope the movie does better.

JetCarBB88 ,

Thank you Mr Cline

For taking me to the future to relive my childhood. What a great ride.

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