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Ready Player One | Level 3, Chapter 0029 | Summary



On the way to IOI headquarters, Wade notices conditions in the real world have worsened in recent months. At IOI's Indentured Employee Induction Center, Wade must take aptitude tests to find an appropriate job for his term of indenture, which turns out to be an OASIS technical-support position. After this assignment, he is bathed, given medical tests, subjected to IOI corporate propaganda, and outfitted with a tracking anklet. An "observation and communication tag" is then installed on his ear. After eating, Wade retires to his assigned "coffin-shaped sleeping capsule." It is outfitted with an entertainment console that plays only IOI propaganda and training films. As he falls asleep Wade thinks about Art3mis and wonders if he's been foolish in undertaking such a dangerous plan.


To infiltrate IOI headquarters, Wade allows himself to be taken captive under his assumed identity, Bryce Lynch. As an indentured servant at IOI, his time is controlled down to the minute, and his every move is monitored via a tracking anklet and an earpiece; the latter contains a camera as well as a speaker that allows IOI management to issue orders directly into Wade's ear. Wade chooses this path knowing IOI indentured servants never escape their debts and end up as slaves for life. If his plan fails, he will have delivered himself over to the enemy for nothing. Though the specifics of his plan still are not apparent, it appears to be a most courageous undertaking.

At the end of the chapter, Wade reveals his true motives for becoming an indentured servant at IOI. It is not his obsession with the egg that has driven him to such measures, but rather his obsession with Art3mis. She hasn't spoken to him since Ogden Morrow's birthday party, preferring to concentrate on the quest. Wade no longer cares about winning the contest himself. He just wants someone—anyone—other than IOI to win. When the contest ends, he can resume his relationship with Art3mis.

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