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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST • “The game is on again. . . . A great mix of exciting fantasy and threatening fact.”—The Wall Street Journal

AN UNEXPECTED QUEST. TWO WORLDS AT STAKE.  ARE YOU READY?

Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything.

Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, 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’ll 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.
 
Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it,  Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.

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Praise for Ready Player Two
 
“Many people think Ernest Cline writes about the future, but what he’s really doing is writing about the complexities of the world we live in today. Whether you’re black, white, woman, or man, this story is about you and what gaming has meant in your life. We already live in the OASIS, and the journey of life is trying to find as many of those Easter eggs along the way!” —Trevor Noah

Praise for
Ready Player One

“Enchanting . . .  Willy Wonka meets  The Matrix.” USA Today
 
“An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.” —CNN
 

“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted.” —NPR
 

“A geek fantasia, ’80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.” Austin American Statesman
 
“Delightful . . . the grown-up’s  Harry Potter.” HuffPost
 

“As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.” Entertainment Weekly 
 

“A geek touchstone.” Rolling Stone 
 

“Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, [and] spectacularly successful.” Daily Mail (UK) 

NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S 100 MOST-LOVED BOOKS BY PBS’s THE GREAT AMERICAN READ 
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE  THE VILLAGE VOICE • CHICAGO SUN-TIMES • io9 • THE A.V. CLUB

About the Author

Ernest Cline is a #1  New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels  Ready Player One and  Armada and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of  Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on  the New York Times bestsellers list. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

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After I won Halliday’s contest, I remained offline for nine straight days—­a new personal record.

When I finally logged back in to my OASIS account, I was sitting in my new corner office on the top floor of the GSS skyscraper in downtown Columbus, Ohio, preparing to start my gig as one of the company’s new owners. The other three were still scattered across the globe: Shoto had flown back home to Japan to take over operations at GSS’s Hokkaido division. Aech was enjoying an extended vacation in Senegal, a country she’d dreamed of visiting her whole life, because her ancestors had come from there. And Samantha had flown back to Vancouver to pack up her belongings and say goodbye to her grandmother, Evelyn. She wasn’t due to arrive here in Columbus for another four days, which seemed like an eternity. I needed to distract myself until our reunion, so I decided to log back in to the OASIS and try out a few more of the superuser abilities my avatar now possessed.

I climbed into my brand-­new top-­of-­the-­line OASIS immersion rig, a Habashaw OIR-­9400, then put on my visor and haptic gloves and initiated the login sequence. My avatar reappeared where I’d last logged out, on the planet Chthonia, standing outside the gates of Castle Anorak. As I’d anticipated, there were thousands of other avatars already gathered there, all waiting patiently for me to make an appearance. According to the newsfeed headlines, some of them had been camped out there all week—­ever since I’d resurrected them in the aftermath of our epic battle against the Sixers.

In my first official act as one of GSS’s new owners, just a few hours after the fight ended, I’d authorized our admins to restore all the items, credits, and power levels those heroic users had lost, along with their avatars. I thought it was the least we could do to repay them for their help, and Samantha, Aech, and Shoto had agreed. It was the first decision we’d voted on as the company’s new co-­owners.

As soon as the avatars in my vicinity spotted me, they began to run in my direction, closing in on me from all sides at once. To avoid getting mobbed, I teleported inside the castle, into Anorak’s study—­a room in the highest tower that I alone could enter, thanks to the Robes of Anorak I now wore. The obsidian-­black garment endowed my avatar with the godlike powers Halliday’s own avatar had once possessed.

I glanced around the cluttered study. Here, just over a week ago, Anorak had declared me the winner of Halliday’s contest and changed my life forever.

My eyes fell upon the painting of a black dragon that hung on the wall. Beneath it stood an ornate crystal pedestal with a jewel-­encrusted chalice resting on top of it. And cradled within the chalice was the object I’d spent so many years searching for: Halliday’s silver Easter egg.

I walked over to admire it, and that was when I noticed something strange—­an inscription on the egg’s otherwise pristine surface. One that definitely hadn’t been there when I’d last seen it, nine days earlier.

No other avatars could enter this room. No one could’ve tampered with the egg. So there was only one way that inscription could’ve gotten there. Halliday himself must have programmed it to appear on the egg’s surface. It could have appeared right after Anorak gave me his robes, and I’d just been too distracted to notice.

I bent down to read the inscription: GSS—­13th Floor—­Vault #42–­8675309.

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1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Too agenda driven
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
Well, I’ve never been more excited for a book sequel since the original Harry Potter books, but so far, I”m frustrated. I’m about half way through the book and am having trouble focusing and enjoying the story due to all the political/agenda driven gender politics being... See more
Well, I’ve never been more excited for a book sequel since the original Harry Potter books, but so far, I”m frustrated. I’m about half way through the book and am having trouble focusing and enjoying the story due to all the political/agenda driven gender politics being thrown in. It’s clear Ernest Cline chose to compliment today’s media trends and include gender bias references that have nothing to do with the characters/story being told. If you’re familiar with the term “woke” entertainment, this book plays right into that medium. So far, very disappointed.
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Kellybrinne
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Utter tripe
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
I had high hopes for this sequel but it didn''t come close to recapturing the nostalgia and adventure of the first book. Cline sounds like he''s utterly bored by his own writing and takes every opportunity he can to beat you over the head with the "woke" bat in case you... See more
I had high hopes for this sequel but it didn''t come close to recapturing the nostalgia and adventure of the first book. Cline sounds like he''s utterly bored by his own writing and takes every opportunity he can to beat you over the head with the "woke" bat in case you didn''t get it the first 10 times. Just tell a good story. I don''t need your politics or a lecture.
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Nowatay
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Storytellers don''t actually TELL stories...
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
Let me start by saying, I don''t believe it is necessary to be a good writer in order to write a fun and enjoyable story. I believe Ready Player One was a prime example. Cline, in my opinion, is not a great writer. But Ready Player One was a fun story with entertaining... See more
Let me start by saying, I don''t believe it is necessary to be a good writer in order to write a fun and enjoyable story. I believe Ready Player One was a prime example. Cline, in my opinion, is not a great writer. But Ready Player One was a fun story with entertaining characters and enjoyable plot.
Ready Player Two is none of these things.
Probably highest up on my list of issues with Ready Player Two is the fact that the novel is perfect example of the BIGGEST no-no in writing- show, don''t tell. A writer''s job is to craft scenes in which the reader is taken through the plot ALONG with the characters. If a narrator, or worse a character, is just telling the reader what happened, that is called exposition. Can exposition be useful as a writing device? Yes. Absolutely. But, to be clear, Ready Player Two is about 75% exposition! That''s about 74% too much.
By the end of the novel, when the plot is actually moving forward through scenes, the reader really has no reason to be invested in the story. The characters are there, but why do we care? This thing and that thing are happening and it''s "important," but why do we care?
On to the nostalgia dumps that Cline is known for. Can that be fun? Sure. If you like that kind of thing. I do. I think a lot of people do. But honestly, a significant portion of this novel''s word count is just that. Do you remember yada yada yada? Well, let me describe it to you and explain its cultural relevance. I mean, a VERY VERY high percentage of the word count is nostalgia dump. This is what is called filler...when you don''t really have anything to say.
That leads into the last point, although I could go on. Was Ready Player Two really necessary? The first novel was a complete story and had a definitive ending. Is it fun to return to that world? I guess. If you have a story worth telling. And that, for me, was not proven by Ready Player Two. I won''t talk about the plot, but it just feels like Cline wasn''t sure what he wanted to say. He wasn''t sure where he wanted to take the characters or why any of this was important. And it showed.
I won''t give it 1 star, because it''s not Mockingjay (Hunger Games,) or any of the Twilight novels...
Buy it, borrow it, read it. In my opinion, it''s just not a good novel.
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Just like “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” a song, by Billy Joel, a singer-songwriter, from the 80s
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
Heavy handed. This happened, then this happened, then this happened...ad nauseum. Just zero expository. How does our hero feel? Who cares. Let’s force-feed multiple references into a single sentence like some kind of wikipedia-plagiarized last-minute fourth grade book... See more
Heavy handed. This happened, then this happened, then this happened...ad nauseum. Just zero expository. How does our hero feel? Who cares. Let’s force-feed multiple references into a single sentence like some kind of wikipedia-plagiarized last-minute fourth grade book report. The references are s-p-e-l-l-e-d out for you. How about a little subtlety? After all, it’s not referential if it’s laid out like an inline footnote. More to the point, it’s not an easter egg unless it’s at least partially hidden, right?
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2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A letdown
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
Went in with zero expectations but ended up disappointed. The nostalgia feeling from the first book just wasn''t there. Yes, random factoids about the 80s were listed endlessly throughout the book, but it felt more like reading Wikipedia. Also the identity... See more
Went in with zero expectations but ended up disappointed. The nostalgia feeling from the first book just wasn''t there. Yes, random factoids about the 80s were listed endlessly throughout the book, but it felt more like reading Wikipedia.

Also the identity politics was very in your face. Non-traditional sexual identity/orientation was frequently highlighted but didn''t seem to have any point to the story (you could take it all out and the story wouldn''t change at all). Contrast that with Jaqueline Carey''s works where sexuality was an integral part of the story. This book was very heavy on preaching and light on the fun, engaging story that made the first book so enjoyable.

The main character, Wade, also felt non-existent in this second book. All his choices were bad, he''s too weak, can''t do anything on his own, etc. Characters can have foibles and need to overcome challenges, but all the characters in this second book seem like shallow caricatures of their vibrant, unique selves from the first book.

I feel like I''m reliving the Original and Prequel Star Wars trilogies with this book. I just pray their isn''t a third part in store...
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M. G.
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not nostalgia for ''80s kitsch, but nostalgia for ''10s wokeness.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
I''ve read "Ready Player One" multiple times and can''t stop. "Armada" was a let down, but completely readable and mostly fun. The long awaited "Ready Player Two" is garbage. I gave up about 15% of the way through. The author can''t go more than a dozen... See more
I''ve read "Ready Player One" multiple times and can''t stop. "Armada" was a let down, but completely readable and mostly fun.

The long awaited "Ready Player Two" is garbage. I gave up about 15% of the way through.

The author can''t go more than a dozen pages without virtue signaling about some present day cause. You can almost parrot what woke garbage is coming next just from context. This is not something he did in his previous novels.

Even if that were not the case, like the first book, RP2 is another Easter egg hunt in the Oasis, but with none of the stakes.

Wade is comfortable following the events of the first novel and there is little motivation for him as a character. There''s even less motivation for him to go on the egg hunt since there is no specific prize for the one who finds it. Instead of being hungry and determined, he''s bored and throws money at the challenge.

"Ready Player Two" is dull and painful. Save your time and money.
To continue reading would have permanently tainted my memory of the first novel.
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1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Filled with political agendas and propaganda
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
I''ve never before taken the time to write a book review, but this book was so incredibly disappointing I had to finally write one. First, let me start off by saying I was a HUGE fan of the first book and the movie. I had pre-ordered this book because I was so excited for... See more
I''ve never before taken the time to write a book review, but this book was so incredibly disappointing I had to finally write one. First, let me start off by saying I was a HUGE fan of the first book and the movie. I had pre-ordered this book because I was so excited for its release. After getting about 60% through the book, I had to finally call it quits. The over-saturation of heavy-handed, ham-fisted, ultra-liberal political garbage thrown into this book for absolutely no reason other than the author''s own self-satisfaction is completely nauseating (and this is coming from somebody who aligns themselves as left-of-center / Biden voter). The constant SJW and forced LGBT narrative were completely out of place, and totally distracted from the story. If you can bring yourself to look past all of that, the story itself is a mix of Ready Player One and Sword Art Online, completely unoriginal, and so, so disappointing. Other reviews say "people who liked Ready Player One will love this book", when they should be saying "if you liked Ready Player One, you should just go read Ready Player One again." Save yourselves the money and DON''T BUY THIS BOOK! (Unless you need kindling this winter season).
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If you liked the first one...
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
With so many similarities to the previous book; I could see this book appealing to anyone that really enjoyed the first one. Picking up right after the first book, this one almost seems like it was written with a sequel movie in mind. The same pattern of storytelling, and... See more
With so many similarities to the previous book; I could see this book appealing to anyone that really enjoyed the first one. Picking up right after the first book, this one almost seems like it was written with a sequel movie in mind. The same pattern of storytelling, and many references to things that happened in the past.

The Audiobook is VERY enthusiastically read by Wil Wheaton again (Wesley Crusher from Star Trek TNG). He really puts some energy into this narration, sometimes almost too much in my opinion, but it really makes it feel like a continuation of the previous story. Listening time is just under 14 hours.

I don''t want to spoil the plot, so I''ll just say I liked it only slightly less than the first book. I do plan to read them both again.
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M. Notman
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Well this is mostly terrible
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2020
Oh dear. I loved Ready Player One, it had well constructed and coherent (mostly 80s) cultural references, likeable characters and a well thought out plot. This has random 90s films and 00s tv shows shoved in like he is trying to show how nerdy and geeky he is. Most of them...See more
Oh dear. I loved Ready Player One, it had well constructed and coherent (mostly 80s) cultural references, likeable characters and a well thought out plot. This has random 90s films and 00s tv shows shoved in like he is trying to show how nerdy and geeky he is. Most of them have zero relation to what he is actually talking about. The sole good bit is the John Hughes bit really. Although i also think he has missed the "Duckie is actually gay but its the 80s" lesson. None of the characters is likeable anymore..in fact they are all horrible 2 dimensional charicatures of those from the first book for much of it. Only really in the middle do we see flashes of their earlier selves. And its a mess..not just the writing but the printing, my copy has pages with no border, left centred, right centred, weird font size changes.. Im very very dissapointed. His three books so far have gone Brilliant, Ok (Armada) and pretty much trash..
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Bad print possible QA issues be warned
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2020
Pre ordered and was really expecting a high quality hardcover print to my surprise got a defective print where parts of the book were not aligned correctly with the rest of the book - SHAME AMAZON FOR SENDING OUT DEFECTS. Returning it immediately in the hopes that not all...See more
Pre ordered and was really expecting a high quality hardcover print to my surprise got a defective print where parts of the book were not aligned correctly with the rest of the book - SHAME AMAZON FOR SENDING OUT DEFECTS. Returning it immediately in the hopes that not all books have the same quality issue.
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Jay
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It’s like the first book, if the first book was awful.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2020
Nowhere near as good as Ready Player One. That was a fun idea, with a fair amount of 80’s nostalgia references thrown in for the sake of advancing the plot - an Easter egg based on the designers favourite things! Here we have essentially the first book, but way too much pop...See more
Nowhere near as good as Ready Player One. That was a fun idea, with a fair amount of 80’s nostalgia references thrown in for the sake of advancing the plot - an Easter egg based on the designers favourite things! Here we have essentially the first book, but way too much pop culture wankery; it suffers from the same issue that Armada did - every character is the author. Or, who the author wants to be. This is a hot mess of hi-fiving, fist-bumping, random dancing, character-pointing (I lost track of how many times a character is described as pointing/levelling a finger), and masses upon masses of excess pop culture references, not for the sake of furthering the plot, but for the author to show off with his “omg incredible encyclopaedic knowledge of pop culture”. Lazily written cash grab, could have happily ended on the first book without this ego stroking steaming dump of a novel.
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This is why you shouldn''t look forward to books.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2020
This is what happens when there''s too much of a good thing. The explorations and expansions of pop culture feels old and honestly- like someone hammering out 300 pages of a book + possible movie deal to make the big bucks. Best way to describe it- like a school essay where...See more
This is what happens when there''s too much of a good thing. The explorations and expansions of pop culture feels old and honestly- like someone hammering out 300 pages of a book + possible movie deal to make the big bucks. Best way to describe it- like a school essay where the first little bit was fine, then a long winded free association blah blah blah in the middle (honestly skimmed most of it- there were a couple of quests which were mildly interesting) with a conclusion that seemed to be introduced entirely out of thin air with no relation to the introduction whatsoever. As another reviewer mentioned, all main (ie original) characters are one dimensional, dull and forgettable. New characters were interesting and enticing even with their lack of screen time. I for one would have been far happier with a collection of shorts featuring the low 5. A tenner is like a large glass of not-house-wine in a London Pub so basically imagine how conned and disappointed you feel when that glass is barely drinkable and you''ve pretty much read this book!
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Chunky Le Funga
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Same quality of the first book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 1, 2020
Contains spoilers: Like the first book, the book is alright but not a masterpiece. The storyline itself was decent but I didn''t like how Halliday suddenly became this creepy villain. He was never a creep, just a genius geek that was in love with his best friend''s wife....See more
Contains spoilers: Like the first book, the book is alright but not a masterpiece. The storyline itself was decent but I didn''t like how Halliday suddenly became this creepy villain. He was never a creep, just a genius geek that was in love with his best friend''s wife. Would have been better if Anorak actually killed people rather than him just going only joking. A darker ending would have been better. The 80s references continue to be a big focus of the book but a lot felt forced and put in pretty much to show the writer is an 80s dude, but it didn''t add to the story. What I really didn''t like was how Ernest tried to shove his ''wokeness'' down our throats. That wasn''t there in the first book but now suddenly he''s all woke and has to tell everyone how woke he is. Pull the other one mate, it clearly reads like someone desperate to get the community on their side. We''re not falling for that one. You really want the community on your side? Just write a character like normal and don''t make a big deal about gender/sex/identity etc. Overall I''d say this book is the same calibre as the first one, if not a tiny bit better. Surprsingly better than I expected, considering I didn''t think sequel was gonna work as the first book pretty much wraps up everything. Not sure there''s much legs for ready player three... Guess we''ll see.
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