Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
There was much fist pumping and a few dorky tears shed when reading this book. Ready Player One is a love letter to nerds and children of the 80s packaged in a beautiful quest novel.
Ernest Cline creates characters with beautiful souls and plunks them down in a dystopian society. These are the folks you cheer out loud for at the critical scene in a movie and then look around, embarrassed that you're actually one of those people who claps during movies. Not that I do that (she types, studiously avoiding capturing your gaze).
Thank you, Ernest Cline. I hope your book becomes required reading.