Ready Player One – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

Ready Player One – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

Sup baby? This week on Thug Notes we jackin in with
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s da year 2040 and errything f***in sucks-
I’m talkin famine, poverty, an energy crisis up the a**, wars- I could go on playa. To escape this whacked out world, errybody
live in a VR game called the OASIS. You can do ANYTHING up in here – get yo learn
on, hustle at a job, buy stuff, swang n’ bang, whatever. Erryone up on their daily grind when da creator
of the OASIS, a 10 figure balla named James Halliday, takes dat long dirt nap and drops
a video message on all the playas. Brutha say he hid an easter egg in the OASIS,
and da first cat to nab three keys that unlock it gets ALL his fat stacks. MONEY! For the next five years, homies bustin a**
tryna find dem keys and get on da big-a** scoreboard. Deez peeps called “gunters” and they WILD
about the 80s and errything Halliday. Ain’t nobody find s*** til our 18 year old
narrator Wade step up and crack the first clue. Wooo! See- Wade come from the hood so he straight OBSESSED with gettin’ Halliday’s cash monies. One day, Wade chillin in latin class when
he recognize the first key might be on this here school planet. So homeboy teleport to the spot, shakes off
some traps, wrecks shop at a minigame, and HELL YEAH- he GIT dat key. He try to book it to the next spot when he
runs into a famous hunny named Artemis, who Wade been HOT fo since his balls dropped. Turns out she’s been tryna’ beat dat minigame
for weeks, but just can’t hack it. Wade give her a tip on the low and swangs
over to the next clue. Dude beasts through another minigame like a G and opens up the first gate- where he gotta play Matthew Broderick in dat 80s movie WarGames. That’s my s***! Afta he done with dat mess, he gets the next
clue. Soon enough, Wade got some company on that
scoreboard- Artemis, his homeboy Aech, and two bros named Daito and Shoto are on the
come-up. Some shysters from a big a** corporation called
IOI start blowin up Wade’s inbox sayin they wanna meet him. These haters are called Sixers- and the only
thing on their mind is making BANK off The OASIS. Wade decide he wanna meet the top dawg, Sorrento,
who offer Wade some mad grands to start playin fo their team. When Wade say “Naw, brah I’m straight,”
Sorrento say they know where he live and they gonna blow it to hell. Since Wade’s real body in his hideout, he
just shake dat hater off. Then BOOM- His auntie’s trailer go up in
smoke, and a buncha innocents get merced. Scurred as hell, Wade holler at all his homies,
and when he tell em what went down they all wig OUT. So Wade skips town and lays low by takin a
new name. While he tryin to crack the next clue, The
Sixers try to ice him, and he gets his woo on with Artemis. But brutha moovin too fast, so Artemis gotta
shut him down. Rookie move, Wade. A couple months go by and Wade’s doin what
I call the post-breakup hustle: workout, stay busy, and buy a sex doll. What else do you need?! He ain’t no closer to finding the second
key when outta nowhere- Artemis got it! With a lil’ help from Aech, Wade connects
the dots and books it to a planet where he go hard at a game of pac-man and wins….
a quarter? Da hell is this s***? Boy thinkin this is a LITTLE easter egg so
he pockets it. Wade slides over to another planet, takes
down a game, and gets that second key! S’all good til he get word that the sixers
ghosted Daito in real life. Mmmmmaaannn. Dat ain’t good, yo. Soon, he boosts the third key and rolls over to the spot where the easter egg gonna be. But “Oh s***!!!!”- a whole gang of Sixers
is posted up outside the castle. So he comes up with a plan. Afta gettin GOT the po-lice, Wade hacks into
the IOI to boost some scandalous evidence, mess with their shield, and then BLOWS that joint. He hit up Artemis, Shoto, and Aech telling
them to BAIL cuz the IOI is lookin’ to OFF em in the real world. They all meet in a chatroom and conversate
bout how they gonna take down the Sixers. They need ALL the other hoods in the OASIS
to crew up with them in this fight, so wade send a message to ERRYBODY tellin’ em when
they gonna throw down. While they plottin, Hallidays padna Morrow
shows up in the chat room and say he been creepin on em. He send errybody some swanky planes to haul
em to his crib. When they ready to bang out, the shield falls
and a buncha of gunters and sixers start scrappin. the Sixers drop a bomb and BOOOOM- ERRYBODY dies. Cept Wade! Remember that quarter he got? Turns out it was an “extra life,” so he
keep hustlin’. He wrecks anotha’ game and plays king arthur
in dat movie with the coconuts. After bustin through some other challenges,
he finally gets the easter egg. Halliday’s character show up and say “Yo-
reality can be raw as hell, but it’s da only place you can find happiness, cuz reality is real. You feel me?” Sorrento gets thrown in the clink and Wade
gonna share his phat check with his homies. Then Wade and Artemis hook up in the real
world and finally kiss. Awww yeah! If there’s one thing this book always goin
on about it’s escapin’ from the horrible bulls*** in yo life. I mean errybody’s lives are so damn s****y
that they all holed up inside a videogame. The game don’t just give em a DIFFERENT
world, but one dat let people shine and live life on da easy. It ain’t just people gettin their marbles
off by losin themselves in another world, but also by losin themselves in the past. Errybody in this book always geeked up bout the 80s and s***- from PacMan and a Young Matty B- no not that one- to Monty Python, but no Run DMC? Man that’s some bulls***. If yo head always livin in the past, how you
gonna create new ideas, man? How you s’posed to fully live? Truth is, sometimes by tryna escape one trap,
people actually end up creating another one. So is this kinda future technology bangin
or busted? Well on the one hand, da the Oasis playas
can get all the dank knowledge they want- I’m talkin free information, free schooling,
and da ability to conversate with homies all over da world. But on the other hand, if you don’t check yo’self, you can end up isolating yoself from any meaningful connections. So Is the OASIS a utopia or a dystopia? Well to be real, dat answer ain’t so easy. The Oasis give po’ strugglin folks access
to education and jobs since there ain’t none on the outside. But dat ALSO mean that they ignoring all da
mess happenin around them in da real world, which only make dat reality rot to s***.. It’s like there’s a utopia WITHIN a dystopia. You feel me? In da real world Wade ain’t got no friends,
no benjamins, and no respect. But in The Oasis, dude got solid rep, a nice
cashflow, and a loyal crew. I mean just check this – One sec Wade jabberin
bout how horrible s*** is: Then he start talkin up his life like it’s
all tight and s***: So is escape the answer to livin in a jacked
up world? Is it better to kick back and live a decent
life in a fake world or be on the struggle in reality?? Maybe we should spend time caring for our
reality and make it the place to be rather than just givin up and peacing out to somewhere else. Or maybe f*** it- what’s reality anyway? I’m going wherever they got the dankest libraries! Peace, y’all!

100 thoughts on “Ready Player One – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

  1. i bet the crib . if the masters give everyone a free mobile device and free service everbody gonna starve and disease to death while dey youtubing, texting, playin Pong(r) and virtual sexting(and every once in a while watching reruns of thug notes) . operation distraction via digital addiction. the dank dark ages and cosmic earthling "die off" commin to yohood soon playas!!! ! but then the dustmites kill off dah 0.2% few nasty masters and make dah world a happy but allergy filled place. peace .

  2. The movie was kinda decent but it was extremely frustating to someone like me who loved the books for years because the movie was nothing like the book

  3. Excellent video, as always, G. This whole book/movie sounds like a very inferior ripoff from "The Matrix".


    also .. Jackie Chan in the Karate Kid remake … "Jack Eet Off" to a little kid .. hmmmm good thing the kid thought of his jacket .. Jackie could have been talking about something else …

  5. The book is more enjoyable if you were a kid in the 80’s. I was born in the early 2000’s and I though “It could be worse”. My parents liked it more cause they were teens in the 80’s. Nostalgia is kind of a factor in how much you like it.

  6. THANK YOU SO MUCH for making this video! Now I can pass my English test! (Side note: Super entertaining and great explanations of the events!)

  7. This guy's fake gangsta affectation is offensive. Nobody talks like this in the "hood" Feels like it was written by a white guy… This dude sound like Anthony Anderson from Malibu's Most Wanted

  8. This video is what prompted me to finally download this book on audible and give it a listen. It. Was. Too. Epic! Thank you, Thug Notes! Thank you for this enthralling recommendation. 🥰

  9. I love your analysis on this book. Explaining that the answer isn't so easy. I wish more people understood that there are pros and cons to such a scenario and that there's just got to be a balance.

  10. Need to read this book. A lot different than the movie (which I liked). Though very similar in other ways as well.

  11. Proving once again, books are better than movies in most cases. Man, I wish this had been the movie as it sounds way better.

  12. Awsesome job sir! Great book! (bad movie) I know you did V For Vandetta and The Wathchmen would you Please consider doing the Manga 'Battle Angel Alita' – maybe up to the first 3 light novels to start? (even though it stays good and gets crazy imaginitive the more you stick with it). I think every fan of great sci fi and fantasy lit would enjoy it as the novels are way better than the movie.

  13. Does anyone else feel like the ending to ”Ready Player One” is antithetical to the rest of the book?
    It claims that reality is the only thing that's ”real, ” but all the meaningful interactions Wade has and character development he undergoes throughout the story happens as a direct result of his life in the OASIS.

  14. Yeah I just realized that they omitted any rap, shady.
    I realize that they wrote pretty much that the earth was a completely destroyed by pollution but if nobody is using cars to go to work than it would cut down pollution by at least 70%.

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