I had heard of this book from my friend some time ago, and decided to check it out at the library. I wasn't impressed. The concept is somewhat interesting: A chance to get billions of dollars in a post-apocalyptic world by finding an easter egg in a game. How could that go wrong? Well, for starters, it's not caused by something like nuclear radiation, like in Hokuto no Ken or Fallout. It's caused by, and I am not kidding, humanity running out of fossil fuels. Are you serious? This takes place in 2085; You'd think by that time, we would have seen it coming and developed another energy source, but no. Cities start falling apart, there's barely any law anymore, etc. Really, it's never explained why this causes the fall of humanity. It's made even stupider when you consider that the OASIS, a MMO that pretty much everyone plays, somehow manages to exist in this world; By the way, it runs on electricity, so couldn't that be an alternative to gas? It's stuff like this that breaks your Willing Suspension of Disbelief. There's also the main character, who, in the first fucking chapter, goes on a huge speech about how God isn't real, and that religion is bullshit, etc. When I read that blatant Author Tract, I closed the book, banged my head on the wall multiple times, and then resumed reading. I am an agnostic, and that made me facepalm. The pop-culture references aren't clever enough to make up for it, and come off more as blatant and unnecessary. The story somewhat justifies it with the easter egg being hidden in puzzes that involve those kind of references, but that doesn't explain why it comes out of nowhere to reference them blatantly. Overall, this book isn't shit, but mediocre. The OASIS is kinda interesting, but you'll have to get through a lot of stupid shit along the way. Those who love 80's video games may be able to sit through all the bullshit, but the references aren't good enough to make it a great book to them, and seeing that I am not so easily swayed by such methods, it's not saving it from me calling this book a mediocre waste of time.
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