The game is set. The hour is near. The wait is over. Find a comfortable chair to sit; you’ll be here for a while. Tighten up your gloves. Fasten your seatbelt. Strap on your virtual reality goggles. Log in to the system. Wait for the words to pop up…wait for it…READY PLAYER ONE. Now, you can begin.
Welcome to the year 2044, where the air is dense, there are more buildings than trees, mobile homes are stacked on top of each other to make room for more stacks, and the sky is just horrendous. A time where people stay in their virtual world (game), forgetting about the real world. A place where you can be whoever you want to be and no one is the wiser. You can go to school in this virtual world; you can explore strange new worlds, seek out new friends and even find relationships with all the comforts of home without ever leaving your home. And spare no expense! In this beautiful and wonderful escape, we will find our hero, Wade Watts. A geeky, shy, lonely teenager, who doesn’t fit in the outside world, finds his ambitious side in what the kids call it an Avatar. An Avatar is an icon or figure representing a person in a computer game. And with this Avatar, Wade can do whatever he wants, be whoever he wants to be and all is right in the world.
That is until multi-billionaire creator of this virtual world, James Halliday who passed away, left his entire fortune to a player who can uncover a series of Easter Eggs within the game. Whoever unlocks all the Easter Eggs will not only inherit his entire fortune, but the company that created the gaming system!! Any gamer worth his salt will try to unlock the secrets that Halliday left behind. And Wade is going to do whatever he can to find those Eggs. But Wade isn’t the only one trying to find these Eggs. And there are dangerous people out there in the virtual world as well as the real world that will stop at nothing to get their hands on that fortune.
Will Wade be the one to find the Easter Eggs? Or will he lose what little he has left?