Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Look for FICTION CLINE
I'm late to this party, but I still want to blab to everyone I know about this book! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline came out in 2011 and is set in the not too distant future. A future that is so bleak with fuel, job and food shortages, that most people on earth would rather plug into a virtual reality known as the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) than deal with reality. In the OASIS you can do anything you want, be anything you want, explore any and every universe ever created -- Star Wars, Arrakis, Star Trek, Tolkien... it's all there.
Our hero, Wade Watts was a young teen when the creator of the OASIS died and set in motion a crazy scavenger hunt for an 'Easter egg' hidden somewhere in the virtual world that is worth a fortune. Five years later no one has even come close to solving the puzzle until Wade finds the first of the three keys needed to find the Easter egg...
This book is filled with trivia about pop culture from the 1980's, gamer references galore, fast action and really likeable characters. I was really bummed when it ended, but I am hopeful that the rumors of an upcoming movie adaption are true. Then I will be able to lose myself in the game all over again!