I HAVE FINALLY GOTTEN AROUND TO READ THIS BOOK! Ever since I first heard about it I've been wanting to read it! (just thought you should know about my excitement haha).
As an introductory introduction, Ready Player One is a young adult, science-fiction, dystopian novel by Ernest Cline. It is his first novel and... Holy crap.
It follows our main character Wade Watts, who lives in the year 2044, in which technology has gone through great changes, but the energy crisis makes the world not a very nice place to live in. Both his parents are dead, and so he lives with his aunt, who steals away his food rations as a payment method for letting him live at her place. The odd thing about the year 2044 is that everyone seems to live inside the OASIS, a virtual reality created by the greatest videogame designer James Halliday. In the OASIS, you can go to school, make your own business, visit thousands of planets and basically do whatever it is you can think of. The thing is now, Halliday dies at age sixty-seven with no-one to leave his insane fortune to, so at the time of his death, a video is released in which he says he's set up a contest inside the OASIS: the first person to find the Easter egg he's hidden somewhere inside the virtual empire will inherit everything he owns. 5 years after the first clue was released by the multibillionaire, after almost everyone had given up, a name appears at the top of the scoreboard.