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I read a book that was science fiction in the future (nearish). It was about a kid who played a game and his school was hosted in VR. There was this massive VR wide scavenger hunt that the winner got control of the VR company. It was a decent length book and relatively new. Any ideas on what book it was?

I think there is another company that has groups that are trying to win for the company and they kill the main-chars guardian.

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This is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, published 2011. It's a perfect match for your specifications. Set in the 2040s, the main character is Wade Watts who is one of perhaps millions of searchers for certain Easter eggs in OASIS, a virtual reality game that seems to be the main recreation of most of the people in the world. The bad guys are IOI.

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    It's also worth noting that a film based on this book is coming out soon. Jan 21, 2018 at 3:46
  • @JustinLardinois YES!
    – user70441
    Jan 22, 2018 at 18:07

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