Ready Player One: A Novel is not a book I would normally read, but when I saw it on a trusted book blog, listed in the top ten, I was curious. She stated the same thing, that it was not a book she would normally read, but it ended up being one of her favorite reads of 2012.
It is now one of my favorite reads of 2013.
The book takes place in 2044. Earth is in bad shape, we've ruined the planet. But luckily there is OASIS. A virtual place where you can spend the majority of your day, walking around as the avatar of your choice. OASIS was build by James Halliday, a man with a passion for the 1980's. In this virtual reality, he has hidden the ultimate "Easter egg" for gamers to find. But in order to find it, they must become experts at the 80's, to be able to pass through and beat the puzzles.
Wade Watts, or Parzival, as he as known in OASIS, finds the first key. Instantly his score is broadcast to all of the other gamers, and the hunt becomes more frenzied. Even though he is a lone gamer, he has a few close friends in OASIS. Friends he has never met in real life, but whom he spends most of his time with.
The story is well paced, the 80's trivia is entertaining, and it is very well written.