Is this a world you would want to live in? Why or why not? What would be the benefits of such a world? What would be the drawbacks?
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I don't like it. This is clearly a dystopian world. As a novel set in 2044 with the fossil fuel and global warming crises, Cline undeniably inhabits the dystopian genre. And as any dystopian society, there are those who suffered and those that did not. Wade is included in the former, and spends the first part of the novel in a ‘stack’, where renters paid extraordinary amounts to inhabit tiny spaces. Furthermore, after creating an environmentally degraded planet, the human race does not attempt to save the planet. Instead, they escape from it through the OASIS. In fact, there is very little commentary on the fate of their planet; the quest is to save the OASIS, not Earth. Furthermore, this sense of dystopia is perhaps more inflicted by the IOI Corporation, who seek to gain control of all through solving Halliday’s riddles and finding the Egg. Seemingly, the only character that airs concerns about the world outside the OASIS is Art3mis.