“As the timestamp faded away, it was replaced by a short message, just three words long – the last thing I would see before I left the real world and entered the virtual one. But they weren’t the three words I was used to seeing. I – like every other ONI user to come – was greeted by a new message Halliday had created, to welcome those visitors who had adopted his new technology.” – Ernest Cline

Ready Player Two
Written by Ernest Cline
Published November 24, 2020
3 out of 5

Being a huge fan of Ready Player One, I was beyond stoked to read Ready Player Two! Because I wanted to get a Book of the Month copy I decided not to go purchase a copy in store; however, waiting on the book to come in was a debacle of epic proportions. 

Because the timing of the release during the holiday season USPS was completely backed up. Somehow it also got lost in route, traveling across the United States, despite my mother and sister receiving their boxes from Book of the Month. 

Obviously I’m an avid reader and typically end up in bookstores once a week. Naturally with the release of the book it was everywhere so every time I ventured into the bookstore I would see RP2 on the bookshelves and they would taunt me. 

When the book finally came in I immediately began reading it and boy was it a lot of fun. Especially all the John Hughes Easter eggs, come on, I am a child of the 80s. However, there were a few parts in the book that left me a bit uncomfortable. Particularly the sex discussion. Was it really needed? I think not. I also felt like there was little character development for any of the characters and in many ways we were reliving the same adventure. Overall while I enjoyed spending more time with Wade, I couldn’t help but wonder, was this book really necessary?

I say all of that but let a Ready Player Three come out and I’ll be first in line. #noshame 😆