Ready Player One – Book Summary Paper
Ready Player One is a sci-fi novel written by Ernest Clines. According to the back of the book, it says “Ernest Cline’s is a screenwriter, spoken-word artist, and full-time geek. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, their daughter, and a large collection of classic video games. READY PLAYER ONE is his first novel.” This love of classic video games is what inspired him to include classic games in Ready Player One.
Before I start, I should let you know when I call the main character “Wade” the event is taking place in the real world, when I call him “Parzival” then I am referring to his in-game character.
The novel takes place in the year 2044 when the reality is boring and going down hill with pollution and power problems as the main character says in the book “the reason so many people are starving is that we’ve wrecked the planet” (98). In this futuristic dystopian Earth, we have become overpopulated, and there isn’t enough room for everybody, to fix this problem people decided that instead of expanding outwards they should expand upwards. People stacked RVs on top one another with scaffolding these collapsing wasn’t uncommon in the “stacks,” which is what our main character call his area.
Also in this world, there is a video game known as the OASIS which is our modern day version of virtual reality but on steroids. The OASIS has two components one is a headset that projects the image onto your eye so you can see everything. In the book Wade states “I’d heard that if you accessed the simulation with new state-of-the-art immersion rig, it was almost impossible to tell the OASIS from reality” (27), there is also the haptic gloves which allow you to feel things in the OASIS. Also, you can even get a haptic suit which allows you to feel the game, for example, if you were to get shot you’d feel some pain in the area where you got shot in.
The main plot of the story is a billionaire, game designer J…