June, 2017:
"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

Book cover, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Essential data

Author: Ernest Cline
Genres: Dystopian fiction, hard science fiction
Published: 2011
Pages: Unknown
Reading started: June 26th, 2017
Current progress: Location 6866 of 6866 (100%)
Reading ended: July 3rd, 2017. "Ready Player One" was successfully finished in 7 days.
Review score: 4.5 of 5

Description

Wikipedia: In the year 2044, the world has been gripped by an energy crisis from the depletion of fossil fuels and the consequences of global warming, causing widespread social problems and economic stagnation. To escape the decline their world is facing, people turn to the OASIS, a virtual reality simulator accessible by players using visors and haptic technology such as gloves. It functions both as an MMORPG and as a virtual society, with its currency being the most stable in the real world. It was created by James Halliday who, when he died, had announced in his will to the public that he had left an Easter egg inside OASIS, and the first person to find it would inherit his entire fortune and the corporation. The story follows the adventures of Wade Watts, starting about five years after the announcement, when he discovers one of the three keys pointing to the treasure.