It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall... read more
“No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful.”Wade/Parzival
“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn't know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it's also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real”Halliday/Anorak
“Whenever I saw the sun, I reminded myself that I was looking at a star. One of over a hundred billion in our galaxy. A galaxy that was just one of billions of other galaxies in the observable universe. This helped me keep things in perspective”Wade/Parzival
“The once-great country into which I’d been born now resembled its former self in name only. It didn’t matter who was in charge. Those people were rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic and everyone knew it”Wade/Parzival
“You know you've totally screwed up your life when your whole world turns to shit and the only person you have to talk to is your system agent software!”Wade/Parzival
“People who live in glass houses should shut the fuck up.”Anorak's Almanac
“So I remained stuck at school. I felt like a kid standing in the world’s greatest video arcade without any quarters, unable to do anything but walk around and watch the other kids play.”Wade/Parzival
“I never ran out of ammo, because each time I fired a round, a new round was teleported into the bottom of the clip. My bullet bill this month was going to be huge.”Wade/Parzival
“People who live in glass houses should shut the fuck up.”Highlighted by 240 Kindle customers
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“No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful.”Highlighted by 180 Kindle customers
I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal. —Groucho MarxHighlighted by 167 Kindle customers
Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.Highlighted by 114 Kindle customers
Like most gunters, I voted to reelect Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton (again).Highlighted by 96 Kindle customers
Technically, this wasn’t part of my research, but I had a serious cute-geeky-girls-playing-ukuleles fetish that I can neither explain nor defend.Highlighted by 82 Kindle customers
Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation was a big place.Highlighted by 72 Kindle customers
“You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.”Highlighted by 62 Kindle customers
Going outside is highly overrated. —Anorak’s Almanac, Chapter 17, Verse 32Highlighted by 49 Kindle customers
Recommended for mature teens. There is a substantial amount of language, though for the most part it's not all in one slurred sentence. The characters often use the s-word the most. There are mentions of masturbation and (briefly) porn. One antagonist boasts about how, in the real world, he's always getting laid. The main character visits a virtual brothel, but the details are not enclosed.
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