Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Genres: Sci-Fi, Fiction
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Length: 13 hours & 47 minutes
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready?
Days after Oasis founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis a thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle and a new quest. A last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s life and the future of the Oasis are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.”
My Thoughts & Review
After reading and really enjoying Ready Player One back in March 2019, I couldn’t wait to find out what Wade and the gang have been up to and was very looking forward to the exciting adventure like in the first book, but sadly it left me al little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong this wasn’t a terrible read but it also wasn’t as good as Ready Player one.
There were some really great parts in the book, but I felt the writing in this one just wasn’t to the same standard as the first. The great parts seemed to get lost in long explanations. Normally I’m a fan of long explanations in sci-fi books but in this book I found them to be too long and also quite confusing with what I consider to be too much info dumping and just one too many 80’s references.
I was also expecting the book to show development of the characters, and was looking forward to finding out how the gang have coped with their new responsibilities, but I was actually shocked to find that all the characters has changed. It was as if they had all had personalities transplants. They were no way close to the characters we first met in Ready Player one. For this reason, I found it difficult to like the characters fully this time around.
I was going to wait to pick up the physical book, but as my local library was still closed at the time I decided I was ready to pick this tome up, iI opted to download the audiobook and I’m glad I did, as I thing the narrator Wil Wheaton has done a really great job with the narration, and for this reason I gave the an extra heart rating.
Overall this wasn’t a bad read but it just wasn’t to the same standard as Ready Player Two, I think I may have set my expectations just a little too high for this sequel.
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