This book was so much fun to read! Cline has taken 80s nostalgia, a dystopian future, MMORPGs, adventure, friendship and romance into one awesome story.
The year is 2044, and Wade Watts is trying to win the world's biggest online gaming competition. James Halliday created the OASIS, an online program everyone in the world logs on to. You see, the environment and economy has gotten so bad that public schools are overcrowded, trailers are stacked on top of each other in ghettos, etc. OASIS allows people to use technology to log into another world and bypass the ugliness of the earth. James Halliday died five years ago, and left the world a puzzle to solve: find the three "eggs" in OASIS to win his vast fortune. Wade Watts is an gunter (egg hunter) who has studied everything 80s in order to come out on top. Halliday was notoriously obsessed with the decade in which he was born, and every gunter has done research on all of John Hughes' films, RUSH albums, War Games, and anything else 80s you can think of to win the money. Watts is up against time, other gunters, and corporations interested in taking over OASIS in order to win; can he make it happen?
Okay, does that synopsis make sense? There's a lot going on, but Cline folds everything together in an interesting and fun twist. I had a great time reading it, and it's a perfect segue into fall. Well done, Ernest Cline!