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- Story with VR worlds for the wealthy 1 answer
Alright, I read this trilogy almost a decade ago. And I'm pretty sure it wasn't new then. So could be from 90's or early 2000's
Basically, it was a trilogy that followed multiple people's stories. It heavily featured VR and Full Body VR Suits. There was an evil corporation whose HQ was a giant black tower in a lake (I think) and in the end the group of people who's stories all intertwined infiltrated it. Or something.
Few key things I remember, there was a young kid who lived near a weird old man. Kids parent's always told him to stay away, he didn't. And the old man ate soap. There was a brother and a sister story arc, sister was older and looking after the brother. And one of the books definitely had a gold cover.
I tried finding these books 5 years ago, and failed. Finally found them 2 years ago, and forgot their names AGAIN. Hopefully this time around I won't!