Ready Player One
Throughout the novel, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, utilizes the theme of escape from reality, friendship, and love. This novel portrays many similar characteristics to dystopian novels through its futuristic setting and its many references to the past century. Using this dual setting, the author can switch between two different worlds easily and keep his readers from predicting what will happen next and makes the two seem the same. This is seen as the main character Wade (Parcival) shifts between the settings as he plays different games. Thus, Cline can employ this theme to strengthen his story while making reality seem the same as the virtual world.
At the beginning of the book, friendship may be seen when the readers first enter the OASIS and deeper into the Basement. As Wade describes his relationship with Aech, readers may see that they are best friends through this quote, “He just didn’t want to rub it in…But he never…ridiculed me by offering to loan me a few credits” (39). This demonstrates that Aech and Wade know each other like family without actually every meeting in person. This is can also. They never meet in person enabling their friendship to function better because they never learn about the bad things of the other person. In addition, they can just turn each other off if they get in an argument.
Wade becomes one of the billions consumed by the Hunt and OASIS. As Wade solved Halliday’s first riddle he becomes obsessed with finding the egg that his friendship with Aech falters from the lack of effort. Consequently, he falls in love with an OASIS character named Art3mis, who later becomes his rival and friend, because she is competing against him for the prize and she is also having a relationship with him, so when he finally professes his love to her; she tells him that they both need to concentrate on finding the egg, “So then…you’re just going to stop talking to me? Yes. I think that would be best. For how...