I hate to say it but even though I liked the ending, it was as much of a troupe as this whole book. If you want to read this story just read Ender’s Game. It feels like it is targeted to YA but the language does not feel like that at all. Almost trying to ring true to my generation but missing there too. This book is everything wrong that Ready Player One did right. But instead of doing its own thing it chased along in the well worn out trail of Sci-fi novels before it without bringing us a new perspective. Unfortunately, I like this authors other works but for this one, I would recommend you skip it.