Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two

Book - 2020
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Days after winning control of OASIS, the immersive virtual reality environment in which most of humanity chooses to live, Wade Watts discovers a world-changing technological advancement and draws the attention of a merciless new rival.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524761332
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Branch Call Number: F CLINE
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Ready player 2

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IntrovertReader
Jan 08, 2021

A few years after the events of Ready Player One, Wade isn’t doing well. He struggles with his personal relationships and he’s sinking into depression. But then he stumbles onto new technology that Halliday left behind, making the Oasis more immersive and addictive than ever before. He also triggers a new quest that will require him to rely on his friends, both the old and the new, more than ever.

While I did enjoy Ready Player Two, my expectations were so high from Ready Player One that it was almost guaranteed to be a bit of a letdown. I still loved all the ’80s Easter eggs that I identified but this older Wade isn’t quite as engaging. He’s still a major geek but his absolute resistance to listening to others’ advice and his pity party got a bit old. One of the quests lasted too long for my taste and I wasn’t entirely happy with the identity of one of the villains. Still, the inevitable movie will be a lot of fun.

Also, the final conclusion? I don’t think I agree with it. I need to chew it over with someone.

I read Ready Player One in print but after reading rave reviews of Wil Wheaton’s narration, I listened to this installment. He really is the perfect narrator for these books.

I originally rated Ready Player Two 3.5 stars but I’ve struggled to write this review because I’ve already forgotten quite a few details in the month since I finished listening to it. I’m changing it to 3 stars.

If you’re a fan of the original book, by all means read this one. The nostalgia that made it such a hit is still there. Just try not to set your expectations as ridiculously high as mine were.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 04, 2021

Picking up just days after the end of Ready Player One, after Wade Watts wins control of the OASIS by completing the scavenger hunt created by the late James Halliday. Wade and his friends are now the owners of the biggest company in the world and in control of the entire OASIS. The writing style, combining the third-person and first-person is the most impressive part of the book and how it wraps up the narration at the end as the story concludes. This really is a story told to the reader, the narration from the beginning comes to a close and brings the past forward too.

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readmorebooks
Dec 21, 2020

I do not read sf and I do not play games but I really liked this book. I had also read Ready Player One, but you do not have to read it first. I only read the first book because it was on PBS as one of the 100 best books ever written. Because I liked it so much I wanted to try the next one I found it to be almost as good a read as the first book.

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writermala
Dec 19, 2020

I'm neither a gamer nor a sci-fi enthusiast but I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was a fantastic sequel to "ready Player One." Wade, Shoto, Aech, and Art3mis get together once again on a fantastic adventure that leaves us spellbound. Anything I add will be a spoiler so I'll let you read it for yourselves.

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SupermanE1985
Dec 13, 2020

After the derivative mess that was Armada, this book was Cline's last chance to prove he was more than a one hit wonder. Unfortunately he chose to prioritize virtue signalling and gender politics over plot and quality writing. The first third of the book is essentially nihilistic and amoral "world building" and when the story finally does kick in it's another derivative replay of RP1. Here is a quest, here is a 90s reference, here is a page long explanation of that reference, repeat ad nauseam. It starts to get slightly better in the last couple chapters but by then its way to late and Cline takes little to no time to ponder the immense philosophical ramifications of his characters discoveries and actions, even sometimes directly contradicting himself on the consequences of it. Simply put this book didn't need to exist and you provably won't be happy that you read it.

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Lennjamin
Dec 10, 2020

Is this a must-read sequel? No.
Does it have all the magic as the first? No.
But, lots of fun and geek culture references galore, mixed with new spins to the plot, makes this well worth your time.

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1santhosharj
Dec 09, 2020

Third Comment. am in line for teh book. heehehhee

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WilliamEldon
Dec 08, 2020

Good familiar territory if you've read the first one, or seen the movie. This one sets off another dark tone and isn't overly ground breaking, but it's fun, and welcoming to visit the characters and OASIS again... and beyond. I imagine based on the acknowledgements that since Steven Spielberg was consulted on this book, we're quite likely to see another movie in the works. And I'm okay with that!

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tjdickey
Nov 27, 2020

For all who enjoyed "Ready Player One," you're in for a treat. Level up for new quests, and the same manic pace, and the beloved soundtrack geeked out on 80s music, movies, games, and pop culture, with a new level of virtual immersion, as well as rouge AI, and the fate of humanity at stake.

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BionicLion789
Aug 31, 2020

First comment. What an honor.

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