“The more I’d learned about Halliday’s life, the more I’d grown to idolize him. He was a god among geeks, a nerd über-deity on the level of Gygax, Garriott, and Gates. He’d left home after high school with nothing but his wits and his imagination, and he’d used them to attain worldwide fame and amass a vast fortune. He’d created an entirely new reality that now provided an escape for most of humanity. And to top it all off, he’d turned his last will and testament into the greatest videogame contest of all time.”
I’ll admit that I hesitated before purchasing this book. In Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a mega-rich software/game developer leaves all of his wealth to the one person who can complete his game and find a hidden egg. You have to admit that sounds pretty geeky. And the book had its geeky moments, but it is just a very good book…for anyone. An attractive thing for me was that the deceased had a fascination for 1980s nostalgia. That’s when I grew up so I did enjoy all of the references from that era.
I gave this book five stars on Goodreads. I don’t usually give that out very often, but I really enjoyed this novel. I notice on the cover that Steven Spielberg is going to make this into a movie. As he is also from that era, I am looking forward to his vision of this book.