Ernest Cline wrote Ready Player one in 2011 and it was an unbridled success. Millions of people were captivated by the 80’s nostalgia, in a future world that was bleak, except for the Oasis. The books was on various bestseller lists for over 100 weeks and translated into 37 languages and was available in 58 countries. It was turned into a movie a couple of years ago, and Steven Spielberg directed it, and it generated over $582.8 million globally. After years of teasing, the sequel is officially going to be released on November 24th and published by Ballantine Books.
The first book came at the vanguard of a resurgence in 1980s pop culture, ahead of ’80s-set projects such as Stranger Things and Warner Bros.’ It adaptation. It takes place in 2045, a time in which climate change, overpopulation and poverty have swept the Earth. Much of humanity seeks solace in an online virtual reality called The Oasis, created by 1980s-obsessed genius James Halliday. The plot sees teenager Wade Watts dedicate himself to solving Anorak’s Game, an Oasis-spanning treasure hunt announced after Halliday’s death and which sees the winner get his $500 billion fortune, as well as control of The Oasis.
An interesting tidbit, about Ready Player One. All new hires at Oculus are given this book on the first day of the job and demanded to read it. There is no synopsis of the book right now, nor a plot. These details will likely emerge in the coming months. I for one, am super existed. This book was one my favorites of all time, I have read it four times and listened in the audiobook twice, read by Wil Wheaton.
Ready Player Two is available right now as a pre-order from Amazon. The hardcover, Kindle edition and ebooks via other online retailers will come out on November 24th, 2020.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.