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Some people dream of becoming billionaires. Some people dream of saving the world. Some people dream of being the best video game player the world has ever seen. In Ready Player One, all three of these dreams can come true simultaneously. The OASIS opens up a whole new world of possibilities, letting people live out dreams of being mermaids, flying in space, or owning their own planet. With Halliday's billion-dollar contest in the mix, it might even let people make big plans for their real lives, too.

Questions About Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

  1. What do you think Wade will do with his winnings? What dreams might he fulfill?
  2. If Wade and his friends hadn't found the Easter egg, what do you think Wade would have done with his life? Did he have any other dreams?
  3. Do you think Halliday intended OASIS to be the world-consuming virtual reality it became, or did he plan for it just to be a game? Where do we draw the line between the two?
  4. What kinds of dreams can OASIS users achieve that they can't in the real world?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Wade's dreams are totally selfish. Even when he tells Art3mis he wants to use the money to save the world, he's only doing it to impress her.

Halliday never got to achieve his dream, of finding happiness in the real world, but maybe his fortune will allow Wade to achieve his.

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