It’s the year 2045, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

do i recommend reading this book: YES!
okay this book was AMAZING. seriously AMAZING. i love it. its definitely one of my favourite books of all time. it has so much detail and i can imagine everything happening perfectly. i actually have no words to describe it because its just so good and interesting. i literally could not put the book down. it's so good. its actually amazing. like i have no other words to describe it. its very interesting and if you're looking for a book to read in one day and think about for months, then this is the book for you. its incredibly interesting and something i've never read before. but please don't watch the movie. while i was reading the book i was really excited to watch the movie, so once i finished the book i started the movie and in the first 5 minutes it was already so different from the book i stopped watching it. the book is incredible though. definitely read it!!