Author Ernest Cline wrote one of the greatest novels this century. Released in 2011 Ready Player One is a sci-fi dystopian novel set largely in a digital world known as the Oasis.
It didn't take long for the novel to win critical and fan acclaim. Steven Spielberg has the movie rights and his epic film adaptation is expected to be released in Second Quarter 2018.
Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant-future of 2044. The world is stuck in an energy crisis and poverty is everywhere. The bad conditions lead to a rise in crime as a whole. The majority of the population escapes, in various degrees, into a virtual world called the Oasis. So much more than a video game the Oasis is a place for people to work, go to school, hang out with friends, and do literally anything else they want.
The Oasis takes a serious turn when the reclusive co-creator and father of the world dies. Shortly after the death of James Halliday a zany and mysterious video will is left saying that whoever completes his Easter Egg hunt in the oasis will inherit his company, control, and fortune.
Those dedicated gamers who hunt for Halliday's Egg are known as Gunters. The Sixers, a slang name given to employees of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), are also hunting for Halliday's egg but do it in a manner that the Gunters find perverse and far from the spirit of the Oasis.