If you haven’t, maybe you should. What it’s about: The year is 2044 and the world is in near-ruins. The Internet and gaming culture have evolved into a creation known as OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets, created by James Halliday and Ogden Morrow.
Halliday, with no heirs or other living family, suddenly dies and leaves a video will to those in OASIS. Whoever can collect three keys that are hidden throughout OASIS and pass through the matching gates will receive his fortune. This becomes known as The Hunt and people immediately begin the search for Halliday’s keys.
Years have passed since Halliday’s video will. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS. One day, Wade stumbles upon the first key, and the whole world turns its attention to him, which puts him in the spotlight, and in danger.
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