The narrative in Ready Player One takes place in two main spaces: reality and OASIS. Throughout the novel, the division between these spaces gets more complex. Wade’s time in the virtual space far exceeds his time in real space. Upon the reader’s entry into the story, Wade’s virtual life supplants his real life. For him, reality is only useful to maintain a functioning body that can access OASIS.
As the narrative progresses, implications from the virtual world crosses through the real world. The sixers’ attempt to murder wade ends up killing many real people. Wade’s plot to infiltrate the sixers at the end of the novel takes the concept of an epic win and makes it happen in reality. At the end of the book, Wade decides he wants to spend his time in the real world. In this way, the narritive functions like a coming of age story in the context of virtual culture.