Ready Player One

Finally got round to reading Ernest Cline's 2011 book Ready Player One. As recommended by @richardbarnett. Set 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of people on the planet, 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 in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. This will appeal to you if you are a nerd or an 80s geek as it is heavily referenced  with Dungeons & Dragons, Pac-Man, Devo, DeLoreans, Old PCs, arcade games and 1980s film references. It's not heavy weight but certainly a good yarn well told and soon (2014) to be made into a film.