I just finished Ernest Cline's new novel, "Ready Player One."
Set in the year 2044, the book follows a group of people logged into the OASIS, a virtual reality simulator where you can be anything you want, live out any fantasy you have and join millions of other gamers on the quest to find a multi-billion dollar prize. It's Willy Wonka set in a virtual world. With so many pop culture references it will make your head spin.
Warner Brother's just bought the film rights yesterday and this has been dubbed the " Geek Book Event Of The Year." This book is for anyone who loves the 80's, video games, gigantic Japanese robots, pop culture, pop music (Rush! Devo! Duran Duran!) John Hughes movies and Dungeons and Dragons. It's an adventure story with a really adorable love story at the heart of it.
ADULT SPOILER ALERT: Save for a very short paragraph mentioning virtual sex with a " real doll" sort of apparatus, this is the sort of book you can share with your older kids. The "real" world is portrayed as a dystopian wasteland filled with prostitutes, drug addicts and evil corporate henchmen who don't play nice, but I think older kids 12 and up depending on maturity level would really love it. I'm angry I read it so quickly. I want a sequel now.
Author John Scalzi has called this book a NERDGASM and I think that's the perfect summary. Please read it now so you can geek out with me.