So i just finished this book for my "Writing as a Critic" class. It's called "Ready Player One" and it takes place in a not-too-distant future where the energy crisis has really burned the planet out and everyone avoids reality by escaping into a MMORPG virtual reality world called the OASIS.
The book is a really awesome read, especially for pop culture buffs and video game geeks. The coolest part of the world? Video game programmers and designers are considered celebrities of the highest caliber. I definitely recommend it. They've already bought the movie rights!