In the near future, a soft-apocalypse energy collapse has sent the world spiraling into poverty. Most people find refuge in the OASIS, a mammoth World-of-Warcraft style virtual reality game that is so much more than a game. Its creator has died and willed his $100 billion empire to the first geek who can solve a massive series of riddles, games, and puzzles. The fat, pasty nerd protagonist squares off against an evil corporation bent on winning the contest at any cost and spoiling the OASIS.
The first thing I noticed about Ready Player One was how poorly it was written. I was wincing by page 2. It ranged from clunky and monotonous to extremely awkward. I doubt that the writing actually improved over the course of the book, but after a while I discovered that I was so engrossed in the story and the I-remember-that! moments that I had stopped noticing it. For the last few chapters I couldn't put the book down (I came into work all bleary-eyed and underslept this morning after staying up much too late last night to finish it.) Great book, superfun read.