Wade Watts (aka Parzival) lives in a dystopian future. He and his neighbors live in "the stacks" made of old mobile homes, RVs, storage containers,etc. Wade along with most people, spends every moment he can surfing the world of the OASIS, a virtual video game that will take you away from what the world is today. You can be a whole new person and take vacations anywhere you want (if you have the credits). Most of the kids even go to high school in the OASIS.
When James Halliday dies it's all over the news. As one of the OASIS creators, he has left behind a challenge to all players, which leads them into a battle for the ultimate prize. The player who unravels the mysteries of the game, achieves the highest score, and gets to the egg will wield all of the power in the OASIS. Being that James Halliday was obsessed with everything 1980s, each player must steep themselves in as much knowledge of the times as they can. This includes the music, tv shows, video games, movies, and other pop culture phenomena of the time.
Any gamer out there would surely give this book 5 stars. I am not a gamer, but I am definitely an '80s girl and got quite a kick out of most of it. As a teenager, I did play some of the early arcade games referred to in the book but was mostly unfamiliar with a lot of them. All in all, this book is very different and quite a fun read for a teenager or an adult.