Ready Player One | Study Guide

Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One | Level 3, Chapter 0028 | Summary

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Agents from the IOI Credit and Collections division come to Wade's apartment to arrest "Bryce Lynch" for credit card debt and force him into "mandatory indenturement" at IOI headquarters until the debt is paid. After forcing their way into the apartment, the agents gag and handcuff Wade and then drag him outside and onto a transport truck with others who have been arrested. They put a virtual-reality visor over his eyes, but he pushes it away and looks out the window: "I hadn't been out here in the real world for a long time, and I wanted to see how it had changed."

Analysis

The IOI agents think they are arresting Bryce Lynch, the false identity Wade assigned himself after IOI blew up the stacks where he lived. They have no idea they are arresting Wade Watts, whose avatar is Parzival, the leading gunter they attempted to murder both in real life and inside the OASIS. The arrest is no surprise to Wade. He knows it is coming and has taken antianxiety pills in preparation. In fact, the arrest is part of his plan to enter the Third Gate.

Wade enters the real world willingly; winning the virtual quest depends on this willingness. He has transformed himself once again, using the confidence he acquired inside the OASIS to "play" the real world boldly and strategically. Wade must now complete a "quest" in real life. Reality, in this aspect, seems to be a sort of game, too. Just as he previously rejects the real world by painting his apartment window black, he now rejects virtual reality by pushing away the visor over his eyes.

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