I never did get to this in the cinemas, and once someone mentioned to me the book was better, I knew I had to read it first.
I picked it up one afternoon as a break from heavier reads. It was slow going to begin with, even though I was impressed from the beginning by the vivid world that Cline created. It’s a geek’s heaven – where 80s trivia and video game mastery score you the ultimate cool points – and a top spot in the race for a pretty cool prize. It’s a world you see that is lived largely online – in a virtual world known as the OASIS. While the real world suffers (as it likely will), in the OASIS you can be who you want, go where you want and even take care of basic necessities like go to school or hang with friends.
When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves a secret prize – mastery of the whole system – hidden in an “Easter Egg” (a term gamers will be familiar with). Naturally, an evil huge corporation is after it – and even more naturally in terms of teen fiction, it is only a few heroic teenagers that stand in their way.
After about 70 or so pages, I found this incredibly difficult to put down. I got so caught up in the action of the storyline and the developing friendships between the characters. I still haven’t seen the film – but if it is half as good as this, it would have been worth a watch. Encourage young readers to get their hands on this – and not to be intimidated by its size. It’s a great read.