Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the book you need to give to a young male to read. The main character is Wade Watts, a more or less homeless high school student, whose life revolves around OASIS - a virtual reality world. It takes place in the not too distant future and the 'real' world is not a very attractive or nice place. The deceased creator of OASIS, James Halliday, has left clues to three keys which will lead to his fortune. The best thing about this story for me is that in order to look for the keys, Wade and friends, go back to the atmosphere of James Halliday's past. So in many ways, you are virutally living in the 1980's. The songs, the games and the atmosphere is all there. There is also the ultimate evil corporation which tries to prevent an individual from getting to the prize. Great read. Suspenseful, interesting characters, and alot of fun.