I saw this book at Barnes and Noble a few years ago and it looked fun. I didn't buy it at the time, but after I saw a movie was being made, I wanted to read it before it came out (I was thiiis close to finishing before it did release). I got a copy for Christmas and was finally able to read it! It ended up taking me a while, but I finished it. Here are some quick thoughts:
- Lots of references to 80's stuff. I knew some of popular ones, but when it came to older video games mentioned, I wasn't sure if they were actually real or created to be part of the book. There are references to later pop culture so I got those most of the time.
- It's a dense book. There was a lot of exposition which really slowed down the story for me at times, but Wade's story is pretty thrilling.
- Even though its kind of a typical adventure/good versus evil story, the book touches on some intriguing subject matter, including identity (how people choose to show themselves on OASIS versus how they actually are irl, what happens when you meet people irl), isolation (players are lone irl, but together in the OASIS), human rights/freedom coupled with greed (the idea of a world-dominating corporation trying to monetize the free OASIS), globalism (people from all over working together on OASIS).
- The story itself is quite fun. I can't wait to see how the movie adaptation handles the material.
Up next for reading, I've got some poetry books I want to finish, including New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood and Helium by Rudy Francisco. I've also started to read some travel books to prep for my honeymoon. Yay for some genre variety!