Ready Player One Is Getting A Sequel Novel, Ready Player Two

Ernest Cline's nostalgia-soaked novel is getting a follow up this fall.

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Hey, remember the '80s? Don't worry, Ernest Cline is here to remind you in case you forgot with a sequel to his novel, Ready Player One called--wait for it--Ready Player Two. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the new book will be hitting shelves on November 24 in North America.

Ready Player One, the novel, was first published back in 2011, but you'll probably remember it from the more recent movie adaptation helmed by Stephen Speilberg in 2018. The story, which relies almost entirely on nerd culture from the 1980s, follows a boy named Wade Watts who lives in a dystopian future where everyone relies on a massive virtual reality game called The Oasis for the most basic necessities. Being the chosen one (by virtue of his love of, you guessed it, the '80s) Watts was made to solve a series of DaVinci Code-like puzzles (centered around trivia about the '80s) hidden within The Oasis to become the sole heir of The Oasis's creator's company and fortune. In the process, Watts cyber-stalked and then eventually won over a girl who was also great at '80s trivia (but less great than Watts himself, of course, was.)

With Watts now in control of the Oasis, it's unclear what Ready Player Two will actually be about and the details of the plot remain a mystery. Cline began discussing the sequel in vague terms during the press tour for the 2018 movie, explaining that he began work before the movie's premiere to avoid too much influence. "I was very conscious of wanting to write a sequel to my novel that would please fans of the novel but also could serve as the basis for a fun movie," he said in a 2018 interview with CinemaBlend. He also confirmed that the book will not be about a contest for control of the Oasis again, but will deal with the same characters in a similar situation.

Who knows, maybe this time around '90s trivia will be the key. Ready Player Two will hit shelves on November 24.

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I disliked how quick it changed tone. At first he's talking about having to dodge molesters and junkies and then twenty pages later he's in a luxury condo. I also didn't understand why Cline had Wade buy a gun, but then never bring it up again.

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I'm one of those rare types who both enjoyed the book and the movie. I'll probably pick this up when it comes out.

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November?! But I'm bored at home thanks to the nüplague nooooow!

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“ Ready Player One, was first published back in 2011, but you'll probably remember it from the more recent movie adaptation by Stephen Speilberg. See it now...”

*Steven

*Spielberg

Book was pretty good, I started off gaming on a Commodore 64 so I’m literally in the target market. The problem with book vs Film is in books (For now) your imagination is the limit, in Film the product placement/licensing rights kinda ruin everything since they become the main focus - not the story.

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@wishmaster2020: the book(s) in this universe are better adapted to a mini series like Stranger Things. 8 episodes total would do the trick versus one rushed movie with everything cut out.

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@wishmaster2020: I agree! They could have done quite a few episodes, the dungeon, the leach encounter, the jousting could have been it's own CGIs, it's own stories, and that's just one part... That race was a bit too much, but yeah, all that licensing pretty much cut everything out that made the book so immersive and exciting.

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Stopped 50 pages into the book and had no desire to watch the movie. Constant hammering of '80s references got old quick and I'm old enough to be the target audience for that kind of thing. Cline has no original ideas and is a hack, his next book was a total ripoff of The Last Starfighter.

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i guess, the movie is good, just too bad that is not like "sword art online" kind of vr.

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The book was an adventure story, while the movie was an action story. Hopefully any sequel can capture more of the adventure side of things.

Granted, take away all the reference's and what's left is very thin for anything engaging. The super saturated 80s references worked once, but I don't think that it's enough to carry a whole new story, I'll check it out still.

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It was a mediocre book. But, it's a YA book, so most of the time it's going to seem pretty mediocre. I can't say I'm surprised by the name of the sequel and I have a feeling with as many people rolling their eyes at the name, just as many people would by saying 'Why didn't you just call it Ready Player Two?' if he named it something else.

Never saw the movie. I'd already read the book and movies are rarely better than their written source material, so.....

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Wow such a original name to come up with lol

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So co-op then :)

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Wait did people actually care about this book/story.

I'm embarrassed that I even watched the movie.

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@Abberon:

How do you think I feel? I watched it twice!

I began to doubt it was bad as I remember. Turns out it was worse. The first part of The Shining sequence is by far the best part. Then it goes downhill pretty fast.

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@el_swanno: lol it's not that bad for a popcorn flick.

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@Abberon: yeah, the VFX were really well done, but the whole romance plot and the characters were dorky as F. Could not find myself recommending it to anyone.

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@Abberon: The book was good. The movie was garbage

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@hal_jordan121: If the book has any of the lines that are in the movie, it's also trash. The one saving grace was the VFX.

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@DigiRave: you can’t really speak on the book without reading it and judging by your response you haven’t.

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@hal_jordan121 Judging by your response you haven't read what I wrote either: If the book's plot was anything like the movie and/or had any of the same speech, then it's trash.

Now OK, maybe it would WILDLY suprise me, but the probability is it most likely won't.

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..you're the hero long enough to become the (yawn)...

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Ok, but will it be getting a movie too? And what about an audiobook, I'm too lazy to read it.

If there's a second movie I hope they make the characters less cringy.

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@DigiRave: Watching a potential mediocre movie adaption of a book should be the least of your worries if you are too lazy to read and enjoy the actual book when it comes out.

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@syntaxkt: Why should I be concerned about reading a mediocre book lol . Reading a book vs. listening to it makes no difference, it does not increase the enjoyment. And listening to it instead of reading doesn't make a person less intelligent or intellectual. You sound like an elitist technophobe/luddite.

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@DigiRave: They are usually abridged versions of books though in audio form

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@deviltaz35: I forgot to add, you might want to check out the "Graphic Audio" line of audiobooks. They add sound effects like rain, wind, explosions, etc. and use multiple voice actors to play different parts, like a theater play. It really enhances the experience.

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@deviltaz35: From my experience with audiobooks they are unabridged.

Here are some books I randomly picked out:

Hell Diver's series
Star Force series
Neron Skies
Alien Secrets
The Nuclear Option
Daddy, Stop Talking
All Trades, Book 1 - Master of None
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

All unabridged.
You can also go to the main page for Audible and practically all books there are unabridged.

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