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Ready Player One | Study Guide

Ernest Cline

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Ernest Cline

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Dystopian, Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The narrator of Ready Player One is the book's protagonist, Wade Watts, who tells the story from a first-person perspective while looking back on events from some unspecified future date. As a narrator, Wade may be unreliable in that he is not straightforward regarding any flaws in his own character.


Ready Player One is narrated in the present tense.

About the Title

The title Ready Player One is an allusion to Black Tiger, a game produced by CAPCOM that appears in the novel. In addition, the phrase "Ready Player One" flashes on-screen as a user logs on to the OASIS, the "globally networked virtual reality" program that consumes much of people's time and attention in the 2040s, the novel's time period. James Halliday, creator of the OASIS, selects the phrase "as homage to the simulation's direct ancestors, the coin-operated video games of his youth." These early games also displayed the phrase "Ready Player One" on-screen immediately before play began. With this title, the author sets up the book itself as a kind of video game and the reader as player one.


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