My husband receives Loot Crate (a monthly nerd box) and we received a book a few months ago. It was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
I'm a nerd and the book instantly appealed to me. If it came in Loot Crate, it must be a nerdy book :). I was NOT disappointed. So here is the description from Amazon and then I'll tell you my thoughts:
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.So the "pop culture of decades past" they refer to is the 80's. Every 80's lover will call to mind those old video games, movie references and catchphrases. Just think about being in a virtual reality heading to Tatooine in your DeLorean. Yes, I know I just mixed two completely different things - but that is the stuff you find in this book. PvP zones, hit points, 8-bit, magic casters, dystopian reality, pinch-rolled jeans, and zero-gravity party spheres...and oh so much more :)
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.