I read the book ages ago, and liked the book a lot. The book was a non stop rollercoaster of nerdy and geeky references that as both a nerd and a geek I both loved and appreciated, while at the same time being a dystopian story set in a harsh and bleak future. The book is about a fat boy living in poverty who, through an earnest application of honest effort, works out something that no one else does. A natural outcast and loner, he slowly forges friendships with other misfits while online. I don’t remember him meeting any of them in the real until nearly the end of the book. The book for me was great.
And perhaps as a direct consequence of the fact that I liked the book so much, I found the movie irritating. The fat boy is a slightly pudgy kid without the usual Hollywood rippling abs, and his sojourn in poverty lasts just a little while until his newfound fame pulls him out of it. His friendships bloom quickly with most of the other cast and it’s not that long at all in their quest until he meets them in the real. Nearly all of the best nerdy and geeky references are either gone or smoothed over. I guess licensing was a pain.
I guess I just liked the book way better is all.