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Published on March 28th, 2018 | by terpetskii

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One is a science fiction debut novel of the American author Ernest Cline. The novel is published on August 16, 2011 In 2012, it won an award from Alex Award from Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association and got an another award from Prometheus Award in the same year. A film adaptation was set to be released in March 2018 and it is directed by Steven Spielberg.

Short Summary of Ready Player One

The story is set in a dystopian world in year 2044. The entire world was poluted, full of social and economic problems and large issues like overpopulation, global warming etc. A teenager named Wade watts, the main character of the story use the OASIS a virtual reality video game to escape into his world. Like Wade, many people was playing the game. The game allow players to immerse themselves due to its advance technology and realistic simulation by the creation of James Halliday. The game creator Halliday announced and give missions to the players to find the Easter egg inside the OASIS. A player must have the three keys to open the three gates inorder for them to find the Easter egg. A fortune awaits for those who will get the Easter egg. Wade, playing as his avatar Parzival gets the Copper Key from winning against the challenger Acererak in the Tomb of Horrors. Because of it, Parzival became top on the scoreboard and gains the attentions of many player including the female player Art3mis. Together with Art3mis and another friend named Aech, the three completed the Copper Gate. A big company Inovative Online Industries (IOI) notices Wade and offers him five million dollars to tell them the location of the first key. But Wade refuses the offer and because of that Nolan Sorrento the head of operations of IOI threat to kill him if he will not tell them where the key is. The company has a plan on controlling the OASIS into their hands. Wade changes his identity to investigate the IOI company. He tried to find the Jade Key and plays a Pac-Man game and wins. The others already got the Jade Key including Art3mis who got it first then Aech, Daito and Shoto the samurai and the employees of IOI called the Sixers. As the Sixers got the Crystal Key, they don’t have any knowledge to unlock the third gate. By the help of Schoolhouse Rock! Wade and his friends can unlock the gate.An epic battle of a giant robot and Mechagodzilla happens. After that, Parzival, Art3mis and Aech unlocks the third gate and the Sixers use the Cataclyst and and kill everyone. Parzival survives the killing thanks to the Pac-Man game he has an extra life. Parzival enters the last gate and face the challenges from a game of Tempest and recreation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After that, he gets into Halliday’s office. There he meets the avatar of Halliday named Anorak. Wade wins the game and receives from Halliday a digital immortality together with billions of money.

In the real world, Sorrento is arrested. Wade and the player of Art3mis meet in person and ends with the two kissing.

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