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Cline, Ernest.
New York : Crown Publishers, 2011
(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

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 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. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?  (Booktalk by New Hampshire Flume committee)

Booktalk #2

The year is 2044. The real world is nasty, and 18-year-old Wade Watts spends all of his time in the OASIS, the worldwide virtual reality system. Five years earlier, a competition was laid out to solve a series of puzzles hidden within the OASIS, and Wade is desperate to be the first. However, no one has even solved the first puzzle yet. And then, Wade does. Using his vast knowledge of ‘80s video games and pop culture, he unravels the first part and becomes an instant celebrity. His position is dangerous, though, because millions are vying for the billions of dollars attached to finding the “egg” at the end of the puzzles. Can Wade fend off the competition? Or does he actually need their help? Reading this book is like being inside of a video game, in an awesome, addicting way. (Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, 2015)

Booktalk #3

The year is 2044 and the world is a lot different than we know now.  The world is an ugly reality to live in so those who can escape into the OASIS, a utopian virtual world.  Wade Watts can't afford to purchase a lot of extras in the world but he does attend school in OASIS and plays lots of games.  When James Halliday announces the biggest game in the universe, Wade is all in.  Halliday has died and in his will he has detailed an elaborate online game.  He has hidden an Easter egg somewhere in OASIS.  The contestants must make their way through different levels of the game and duel virtual enemies to try to find the Easter egg.   Wade takes on the challenge and he sends his avatar Parzival on the quest for the largest payout in history -- ownership of OASIS itself.  It won't be easy.  Thousands of players are also on the quest.  And there are evil corporations that will do anything for the prize.

SUBJECTS:      Regression (Civilization) -- Fiction.
                        Virtual reality -- Fiction.
                        Utopias -- Fiction.
                        Puzzles -- Fiction.
                        Fantasy fiction.

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