Gamers! This book is for you!! A dystopian novel set in 2044, where the US population is out of control and poverty is at an all-time high. People escape the harsh realities of life by delving into an alternate online world called the OASIS - think VR Sims, but supercharged. The OASIS was created by an über-introverted guy stuck in the 80s, and is a place where you can be, and do, anything you want.
Super-introvert dies, but leaves a message to all OASIS users - you find the easter egg, you get control of the OASIS and inherit half a trillion dollars. The hunt begins!
The story follows the main protagonist - Wade Watts, aka Parzival - and his rag-tag bunch of friends, which he picks up along the way (except for his bestie, Aech). They're up against a bunch of heavy-hitting, hardball 'Sixers' in the race to find the egg. Chaos reigns, and the fast-paced action will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You may be aware that the movie adaptation arrived in theatres in late March - you may not be aware that the movie varies greatly from the book. If you're one of those people that likes to compare apples with apples, you're going to be disappointed here. Instead, think of them as separate entities, and enjoy them for their own merits.
The book rates at a comfortable 4.3 on Goodreads, with the movie rating a healthy 8/10 on IMDb. Which is better, the book or the movie? You decide.