As far as I can tell, there are two types of nerds in the world: Nerds who read “Ready Player One” because they genuinely liked it, and nerds who read “Ready Player One” because they couldn’t believe something like that actually got published. If Twitter is any indication, both groups are excited about Tuesday’s release of the sequel, “Ready Player Two.”

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Please don’t read reviews. It’s 2020 and this is a book about internet culture – all the reviews you need are on social media, particularly Twitter. Behind that link you’ll find that the first page (the first page!) of the novel contains references to “Max Headroom,” “The Thirteenth Floor,” “The Matrix,” “eXistenZ,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” and “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy TuTone. By “reference” I don’t mean “allusion” or any kind of clever easter egg – the book literally cites those IPs by name, like the bibliography of a college media studies paper.

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You could absolutely write a click-baity article called “Every reference made in ‘Ready Player Two,’” It would probably do pretty well, too, so my heart goes out to whatever poor freelancer found that assignment lurking in their inbox this morning.

Wil Wheton of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame has already recorded the audiobook version of “Ready Player Two,” which can be purchased here.

Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline was published in 2011 and adapted into a film in 2018, written by Cline and Zak Penn and directed by Stephen Spielberg.