I really enjoyed this book and really recommend it to anyone who grew up in the 1980 with D&D, Intellivision, War Games, Tempest, Rush, and on and on. It’s great fun.
It’s set 30 years in the future, and the premise is that we all spend a huge majority of our time in a virtual world called the OASIS — a creation which netted its inventor billions of dollars. When he died, he set up a massive scavenger hunt across the OASIS — the winner, who successfully navigates a series of quests based on the classic nerd fare from the Eighties, would inherit the founder’s fortune.
Not the best work of literature ever produced, and some flaws & predictability in the book.
Still, I really loved it. So much of my childhood and coming of age is in the cultural references, and I read it greedily and quickly.