#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.
Felt a little forced. He’s an awesome author and can’t wait for his next book however it’s nearly impossible to write a sequel to Ready Player One.
Starts slow and then dumps into the same plot as the first, this time with a countdown thrown in. Characters lack any development and little explanation is given for their actions. Still a decent yarn if you don’t mind the thoughtlessness of it. Even more of a kids book this time with less compelling 80s references and some slow parts that go into excessive detail for minor points.
I didn’t think it was possible to ruin this universe. But he did. Good on him for trying though . But it’s bad.
Wow - truly exciting!
I read RP1 in 8 hours. Could not put it down. I’ve had RP2 since its release date. At the time of this writing, I am slightly over halfway. The continued character development jammed into RP2 adds unnecessary, forced dialogue and brings any sort of action or plot development to a brutal screeching halt. Instead of masterfully weaving pop culture references into the book such as was done in RP1, the references in RP2 are presented to the reader in a manner one would expect from the annoying paper clip in old versions of Microsoft Word. The characters have solid backgrounds seeded in them from RP1. This book could have been so much better if it were more focused on the action, instead of being the morality police. Such a different tone from RP1. The book was nothing what I expected. In summation, the disappointment I feel while reading RP2 is worse than the disappointment I felt while watching the movie adaptation of RP1.
I Enjoyed this book and its ending. The only thing is this book likes to go a lot in detail about things in the past and sometimes it can get pretty boring and make you want to stop reading. Overall good book
Overall, a good book. Slow build up with a lot of extra Info. Ending happened to quick.
Very good a little slow at first but builds. Makes one think of the possibilities of the future. 7 Compared to Ready Player One 10.
This was a great way for the story to continue and I found most of it enjoyable. There were only a few chapters I found beyond boring and skim read them because they droned in with unnecessary detail. It's quite obvious that the singer these chapters were about was one of the author's favorite but it had to had been the worst part of the book.
It was difficult to put down! A wonderful sequel to Ready Player One. Being someone who grew up in the 80’s, a geek, a gamer, a hacker, 80’s music lover, I thoroughly enjoyed all the nostalgia of my youth. And I cannot say enough, about the Afterworld. I’m such a fan of that I could visualize a little too well! Thanks for writing another great story!
—-Spoilers—- Really good book from a gamers perspective; it has all the minor details such as the log out process on the ONI. the book is great overall with a whole new perspective on how you see wade watts and his personality. let me make an analogy as ready player 1 is to Ready player 2 is star-wars A new hope is to empire strikes back. the book is amazing you need to read the first before you read this but overall you need to it will change how you see new technology and privacy. see you in oasis, lol
After a slow start, the book seems to get better but soon it sinks back into misery. Both #1 and Armada were fun but I would recommend to skip this one.
Initially I felt maybe my hopes were too high for such an anticipated sequel. Nope. It’s just a bad exposition of weird events. Also, the political“wokeness” the author is trying to achieve is such trash. Gender politics around every corner. Seriously. It’s EVERYWHERE throughout the book.
Waste of time. Pure cash grab. And Wade went from hero to creepy villain.
A bad follow up. One of the worst books I’ve read this year. Skip this one.
Ready Player Two is fast paced and hard to put down.
Ernst Kline has written 3 books, and I have not. Therefore as a writer I am not qualified to judge his talent or worthiness. But as a consumer of fiction I know what I was expecting in “Ready Player 2” and this book underwhelmed those expectations. It’s hard to believe a bunch of kids from decades in the future would know more about the 80s than people who lived through the decade, what was a nice element of Ready Player One comes across as a total gimmick in this book and it took me nearly 150 pages of reading before I could get into the story which in turn never upped the character development beyond a YA adventure. I won’t be onboard for Ready Player 3.
There’s a lot to go off of with this book. As an avid book reader, I have to say I appreciated Mr. Cline’s attention to details. But honestly, there’s such a thing as too much. I’m not going to spoil anything for anyone, but the details it goes into explaining certain places they visit, and certain objects in the book, can be a lot. All I’m saying is: if you’re looking for a bigger and more in-depth version of Ready Player One, this is it. Stuff can be rehashed, but ultimately, there is a moral in this story, and anyone worth exactly $14.99 to their name should get this book.
Meh.... hard to follow Ready Player One, and this disappointed as expected.
This was a lackluster attempt to capture the magic of Ready Player One. Some books, like many movies, do not need a sequel. This was one of them.
I watched Ready Player One in basic and absolutely loved it and had to read the book which I bought immediately. I couldn’t stop reading it. Then I pre-ordered ready player two and I love where you went with the story. I read online that this is where you currently see the story ending and that the next book might be ready player zero about Ogden and Halliday. I hope you keep the series alive and I hope you see this review.
74 years old and still enjoy a good fantasy adventure. I am giving this book to all of the kids I know.
Incredible imagination from the author along with top notch story telling. Ready player 1 & 2 are a couple of my favorite all time reads.
I honestly think I might have enjoyed this book more if I hadn’t re-read RP1 first, to remind myself of the story. And I even enjoyed RP1 all over again, getting into the fun and unique storyline and laughing at the 80s references which were my life growing up. And RP2 was more of the same, more adventure and more 80s. But it was TOO much more of the same. The adventure was just more of the same adventure, the same quest inside a real-life game, the same characters just more powerful ones who could pretty much do what they wanted (even when he tried to limit them, it was only from “ultra-powerful” to “super-powerful”). The attempt to recreate the fun 80s falls flat, because it wasn’t fun anymore, it just seems overloaded (there was about a 2-chapter homage to Prince...). And while the characters in the first book were 1-dimensional that was OK, because it was a game world and you expect characters to be simple. But when he carried them forward and tried to make them more real he just made them annoying. I didn’t care about anyone in the book, and when it came down to the final denouement I honestly didn’t care which way it went. So bottom line: if the author writes another book I MIGHT read a sample to see if he manages to break out of the mold. But if he doesn’t, I wouldn’t buy it.
What a roller coaster! I loved the first book and this one does not disappoint! It has everything!! I am still agog at all the pop/nerd/gamer/gen x thru z’er references! I cant quit writing with out exclamation points!! Needless to say I love this book. Go get it and devour it. Then devour it again.
The ending was something that I would have never expected and Is one of the best books I read. Keep it up Ernest
Total let down, after the first book. Can i rate it Zero Stars?
Loved Ready Player One, and it did not need a sequel. Plot was pointless. Dialogue was incredibly corny, and not in a charming way. Waste of time. Understanding the world of the OASIS in the first book was really compelling, but a sequel on how that world evolved was completely lack luster. There are otber novels (short stories even) that explore this concept infinitely better. So unless you are a die hard Prince or John Hughes fan, I would skip this unnecessary sequel.
BEST BOOK EVER! It was the best book sequel ever! When Wade gets back in action it is incredible!
I read the first book a year ago, and it was amazing. Although it was sometimes a little bit difficult to follow, it was just splendid. But this one, Ernest really accomplished it, I was able to read almost all at once. I couldn’t even stop once I started! Really looking forward to reading more from him.
The worst book I’ve purchased, ever.
Some of the deep references got real tiring, real fast in this sequel; that’s odd because it didn’t bother me in Player One. But the end made it worth the read. You have to appreciate a twist that you didn’t see coming.
Wonderful book. Must read.
I really enjoyed the first book. This one is Entertaining if you have a few hours to kill, but don’t expect much from it. Lacks the adventure, and intelligence of RPO. This is more like reading wiki fan page of pop cutler topics. It flows like a 6th graders report on stuff from the 1980s filler to meet word minimum. The major conflict in the plot is full of contradictions. It’s more like an ign game walkthrough meets wikipedia...there is no character development, no major hardships, no moral or point. Everything came easy and in the end nothing really changed. The fleece woke bits are cheap attempts and unnecessary which make them awkward, out in there to get a demographic , but no real meaning behind it. - ***spoiler*** Why would the demander of the quest put a time limit on it and remove items from the players that keep them safe and allow the, to complete their tasks? It’s against his own interest. If they fail he goes an eternity not having what he wants.🤦♀️ Also a digital copy of a personality is not living forever- it’s just an elaborate simulation, not matter how advanced it is. Not the same as being alive
I absolutely loved the first book! READY PLAYER 2 is a decent follow up. I don’t want to give spoilers away but I think you should give it a chance, especially if you enjoyed the first book! Great job Mr. Cline.
This on the other hand is garbage. First book two days to read, this one two days in I quite 1/3 through book. Wish I had my money back!
I was definitely a little worried the second book would not capture the same flow and enjoyment I received from the first book, but it did not disappoint. Ready Player Two brings back all the fun of going on a epic adventure with lots of pop culture and also the fun of seeing a futuristic human civilization. Definitely a worth read if you enjoyed the first book.
This story reminds me of the ready player 2 on Roblox also this book was incredibly great
Very slow start, rushed the rest. I did enjoy some of the places the characters visited on their quests, but so much information was presented that it detracted from the actual story line. If you need closure past RP1 and can make it through the first third of the book, then this is for you!
The fact that this is successful is shameful.
Reminiscent of the old book with a new touch. I didn’t like it at the binging because it was really depressing but I find it very enjoyable now! I do recommend this book! Ernest Cline has no bad books! Seriously was scared about the plot being really pushed, but this book is addicting, I love it!
No spoilers here. Enjoyable book. Concept was good. You have to read it yourself.
This sequel, to me, seemed slow to start. After progressing about a third of the way into the story, it begins to find itself on familiar footing that made it’s precursor such a page-turner. Aside from the slow start, my only other complaint was the inclusion of too much “political correctness” and other liberal ideology that fail to advance the story in any meaningful way, thus seeming out of place. If you can make it beyond those two issues, you’ll enjoy a fun story with many familiar beats, and plenty more of what you probably enjoyed if you liked “Ready Player One.”
If you pump enough pop culture references in an otherwise do nothing plot, does it get relatable and interesting? No. Flat characters. Expected plot sequence. Pages of nothing but pandering nostalgia for the 80s— key demographic they say. Could not finish the book as it kept putting me to sleep
Twitter didn’t have enough characters to express the author’s virtuousness so he wrote a book instead.
I wholehaertedly recommend this book to anyone who needs a new favorite read! Not only does it have references that just make you smile, but the plot line and characters truly make you fall in love with RP2 as much as the original :)
Don’t waste your time or money on this one guys. The writing and plot are juvenile- just a rehash of the first plot but with different stakes and tons of virtue signaling. I almost quit reading it several times. The pacing is HORRIBLE. First 35% of the whole story is exposition and info dumps and then when the quest starts it’s so rushed through. Avoid- especially if you love the first book and don’t want that one tainted
Nostalgia galore...and the ending ! 🤯. Mind blown!
Phenomenal and great follow up to RP1!!! Thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful work of art and couldn’t put it down. At times it truly felt like this was written just for me as it hit so many of my personal love and obsessions as a proud geek. Thank you!