Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is an American science fiction novel, which was released in 2011 and appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel is set in a dystopian future and is narrated by protagonist Wade Watts as he undergoes a challenging quest to win wealth and power by finding a special feature hidden deep within the OASIS, a virtual reality video game used almost universally. The film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 2018. Cline’s sequel to the novel—Ready Player Two—was published in 2020.


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Literary Devices

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