Ready Player Two – review by Gen X & Gen Z

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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.


Ready player two by Ernest Cline is the much-anticipated sequel to 2011’s Ready Player One – especially following the success of the screen adaptation in 2018. With it’s many pop culture references and 1980s focus, does this book read differently for different generations? Find out below!


I have seen a number of negative reviews of this book but your enjoyment really depends on your expectations. This is not a literary classic, it is a fun book filled with nostalgia and inside jokes. This book feels aimed squarely at my age group with references to movies, music, and games of my childhood and teens. 

The characters in this book can be quite unlikeable (interesting analysis of how living in a virtual world could make humans more awful in this review on Fansided) but I still enjoyed the book.


After hearing that there was to be a sequel to Ready Player One, I was overjoyed and had very high expectations. I believe that the book mostly lived up to expectations, but some parts were a slight let down. This book is a book that should only be read for pleasure, and most of the negative reviews are unfounded as they suggest that the book should be studied. The characters are well thought out, although they can be cruel at times. All of the references are entertaining, even if some of them go over my head. In all, this book is very entertaining and fun.

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You may also enjoy the author’s other novel.

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