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RPO

For you none readers out there, you should really consider picking up Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. RPO is a nerd-tastic novel that will reawaken those nostalgic feelings for 80’s geek culture. Bursting with video game, TV show, movie and other pop culture references from that era. Even if you didn’t live through the 80’s and don’t get all the references, it’s a fast paced, exciting read! A fantastic story filled with gripping twists and turns, fun dialogue, and one with elusive writing quality, and originality.

Now, for those who already know of RPO and rejoice its imagination and pop culture appeal, you may be ecstatic to know that Ernie Cline is working on a sequel! 

Since releasing Ready Player One, Cline has been working on a curiously new book called Armada, which is supposedly rolling out later this year. He’s apparently also working on a Ready Player One sequel.

This news comes from screenwriter Zak Penn, who’s been at work scribing a live-action adaptation of RPO.  He said the following to Den of Geek:

Ernie’s working on a sequel to Ready Player One, and it is one of those great ideas that has endless possibilities. And to a certain extent, the longer it exists and the more Ernie thinks about it, the more he comes up with.

The first Ready Player One is a frank look at what a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) would look like when combined with a virtual reality system. It tells of an adventurous tale featuring a young adult protagonist and an evil money hungry corporation as they race to unlock and earn the keys to the virtual kingdom, with lives and billions at stake. The book craftily uses dystopian themes, a huge fantasy world, and pop culture infused references to make for a feverishly addictive and satisfying read.

Some critics have lambasted the book for being too much of an easy read through, leveraging its pop culture fodder for 30-40 somethings who don’t read. Admittedly, I wouldn’t say that’s inaccurate. I don’t read… like ever. Had it not been for the 80s nostalgia trickled throughout the book, I probably wouldn’t made it past the first chapter. However, as someone that barely reads 1 book every couple of years, I easily got swept up in what a pulse-pounding and thrilling experience it turned out to be.  Is it Tolkien or George R.R. Martin quality writing? No, but the fact remains, it’s a fun book with a lot of things working for it.

Another site described it as Will Wonka-esque, and that’s such a accurate summation. It’s a rags to riches story set to the backdrop of a virtual immersion treasure hunt.

One thing is for certain, the book ended perfectly. I don’t want to give anything away to those who might now just be getting turned onto the book, but let’s just say the story doesn’t quite leave things open for a sequel. The workings, pitfalls and inevitable victory of the main character and his company closed the adventure the best way an original one-shot book can. I’m really curious on how Cline will follow-up the continuing adventures of the main characters, and still manage to keep things fresh and exciting.

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