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Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Ready Player Two

by Ernest Cline

Quick take

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

Good to know

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    Famous author

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    Second in series


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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Why I love it

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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Member ratings (4,565)

  • Jenni F.

    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

  • Amy S.

    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!

  • Jamie W.

    Canton, MI

    I don’t agree with the negative reviews for this book. It’s just as good as the first one; full of action and plot. I love this author’s creativity and writing style and can’t wait to read more!

  • Linda S.

    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

  • ashley s.

    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????