'm going to introduce you to a favorite book of mine: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It's a good story and I absolutely love it. (Not to mention the audiobook version of it is read by Wil Wheaton.)
The story begins in a near future world that has been devastated by global warming, depletion of natural resources, and the occasional city going up in a mushroom cloud. The world is in bad shape, and the only thing that makes life worth living is the OASIS. The OASIS is a virtual reality simulation that the entire world can access and live in a world of fantasy, science fiction, and comfort when their normal lives are anything but comfortable.
The story follows Wade Watts, a young man stuck in the stacks in Oklahoma City. He's poor, an orphan, and has no idea how he's going to improve his life. Then a wealthy game designer, the man who created the OASIS, dies. His last will and testament is converted into a massive video game contest that the results of which will lead to wealth and control of his company.
Wade goes through a lot in his search for the Easter egg that's been built into the OASIS. He runs into some problems with IOI, a multi-national company with negative plans for the OASIS. Wade must contend with them, all of the other “gunters” who are hunting the egg, and a relationship with his friends that don't always go the direction he intends.
It's an incredibly long book but it's a good one to get through. Now, I will say the author comes up with some things that are too convenient. There are a few places where his details don't match. But if you can overlook these places you may enjoy the story.