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Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Ready Player Two

by Ernest Cline

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The long-awaited sequel to Ready Player One is here.

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    Famous author

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    Second in series

Why I love it

Juliann Nelson
Content Producer, Fortune

I've always felt pretty secure in my nerdy identity, but even I would not want to face off against Ernest Cline in pop culture trivia. But despite my limited knowledge of obscure video games and John Hughes movies, I found myself tearing through Ready Player Two at warp speed, gleefully geeking out on the immersive worlds of iconic 20th-century classics.

After becoming the heir to game maker James Halliday’s vast estate, Wade Watts finds that fame and wealth have, shockingly, not solved all his problems. As his personal relationships begin to crumble, Wade discovers a revolutionary new technology that Halliday left behind, a device that makes the alluring escapism of the digital world more potent—and more dangerous—than ever.

As with its predecessor, Ready Player Two is filled with heart and action and ‘80s references galore. Best of all, you don’t need to be a Tolkien or D&D fanatic to enjoy the novel’s faceted characters, thrilling quest narrative, or focus on human resilience. You don’t need to be a nerd to fall in love with the world Ernest Cline has built—but it certainly helps.

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Days after Oasis founder James Halliday's contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday's vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis a thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle and a new quest. A last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade's life and the future of the Oasis are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.

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  • Cincinnati, OH

    Dont be put off by the low review scores... Same great pace, enjoyment and wonder as the first. Thought provoking, especially in this time of 'virtual-covid', the next great human adventure ????‍???? love

  • Belfair, WA

    Would’ve rated this three of five stars halfway through, but then it turned deep and set itself apart from the outstanding “Player One” in a new and extraordinary way! Made me think and appreciate!

  • Graham, WA

    I am not a gamer at all, so I didn’t think I would like Ready Player One, but when my husband couldn’t stop talking about it, I gave it a try and I’m so glad I did! This sequel was just as amazing!

  • Orlando, FL

    Ready Player Two pulled at all my heartstring with Wade story, yet again. I loved everything about it. Cline’s way of writing is beautiful and resonates with all my nerdy ways! It was a beautiful read

  • Coconut Grove, FL

    The first 75 pages were a bit slow—once they received a mission that sets them into action, it picks up! Worthy sequel to Ready Player 1! I am hoping for a ‘Quest for the Dorkslayer’ book next????

  • Longmont, CO

    The initial negative reviews should be ignored. Ready Player One was great and so is this sequel. I think the 12hr timeline could have been 14-16 and that would’ve felt a bit better. But I loved it.

  • Imperial, CA

    Ernest Cline again brought me back to the world of the OASIS and I am obsessed! With a unique adventure featuring Wade and his friends, Cline was able to tell a beautiful story of growth and strength.

  • Cottage grove, OR

    If you loved Ready Player One, this sequel will not disappoint! Filled with twists, turns, and of course all of the geek expected from Ernest Cline you won't want to put Ready Player Two down either.

  • Murfreesboro, TN

    Did Ready Player One need a sequel? no. Am i glad it got one? Absolutely. I love the nostalgia and I love seeing how it all went down once the contracts were signed and the money started being spent.

  • Arlington, VA

    This was such a great sequel! I loved how it focused on other pop culture from the 80s beyond video games like in Ready Player One. A great, surprising story and a worthy sequel to such a great book.

  • Wichita, KS

    RPO will always be one of my favorite books, & while I don’t think RPT is as good as its predecessor, it’s certainly still a worthy sequel. Tense & thought-provoking, nostalgic & fun. Four stars!

  • Portland, OR

    Such a good sequel! I didn’t know where Cline was going to go with a whole second book but it was a natural continuation of the characters and story. The plot was fast and overall such a fun read!

  • Cleveland Heights, OH

    Ready Player One was SO ahead of its time, so fiercely intricate and amazing, this book had huge shoes to fill. Not only did it exceed expectations, it also continued an amazing story fantastically!

  • Avon, CO

    I loved it as much as the first. I loved returning to OASIS with new technology and new problems, I loved the thrill of the countdown. I'd diiiieee for a L0w Five spin off w/their little side quest

  • Seattle, WA

    I didnt think you could write a book that could match Ready Player One, but Cline did it again. The ability to get such escapism into the written word us remarkable. The High Five are at it again!

  • San Jose, CA

    If they can actually put these ideas to screen I will be amazed. I loved it! The ending was great! I read the author's other book Armada too because I like the author's story telling so much.

  • Austin, TX

    Clearly I had to know what happens next after reading the first book many years ago. The movie killed it! So when I found out there was a sequel, I had to get it. Just as amazing as the first.

  • Champaign, IL

    An excellent sequel to one of my favorite books of lol time! I like the new technology introduced in this novel, as well as the focus on interpersonal relationships amongst the min characters.

  • Rosemount, MN

    RPT was a bit slow going, but once it picked up the pace, I couldn’t put it down! Who doesn’t love a huge battle with Prince?! If you enjoyed RPO, it’s definitely worth the read.

  • Providence, RI

    This book took on larger themes than the first book but evoked all the same pop culture nostalgia! I enjoyed it but the protagonist was much less likable than he was in the first book.

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