My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013. I just finished book 5.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Summary: In the year 2044, most people escape the bleak real world by spending their time in OASIS, a virtual reality unlike anything else. When the creator of OASIS passes away, his will states that he has hidden an "Easter Egg" in OASIS, and the first person to solve all the puzzles (most of which have a 1980's theme) and find the egg will inherit his entire fortune. This book is told from the viewpoint of Wade Watts as he becomes the first person to solve the first puzzle, and his quest to become the victor.
I really really enjoyed this book. It was well-written, and unlike anything I've read before. Part of the reason I enjoyed it was because of all of the references to the 80's that I *shudder* to remember (9 years old, wearing head to toe denim as I rock to Debbie Gibson), but I don't know a lot about video games and it didn't take anything away from the story.
Highly recommended. Trying to describe what the book is about was difficult, so even if it doesn't sound like the kind of book you might like, read the prologue and see if you're interested enough to continue.
Quote of the Blog:
"Going outside is highly overrated" ~ Ernest Cline (Ready Player One)