Ready Player One
How we cite our quotes:
"[We] hit it off immediately, because we shared all of the same interests." (3.9)
One of friendship's strongest foundations is shared interests. This is how online friendship—when you don't even know the other person's real name, race, or gender—is possible.
If you were a solo, you didn't want or need help, from anyone. [Wade and Aech had] both vowed to remain solos for life. (3.15)
In real life, Wade and Aech are isolated individuals, so it makes sense that the two of them would behave in a similar fashion online. Making friends is tough for the both of them, and forming a team takes a level of commitment that neither is prepared for right off the bat. But don't worry—it'll come.
I'd never had such a powerful, immediate connection with another human being before. Not even with Aech. (17.163)
Boy, by the time Art3mis comes along, Wade seems to have forgotten the "immediate" connection he said he felt with Aech back in chapter 3. What happened to the bro code?