Title: Ready Player Two
Author: Ernest Cline
Series: Ready Player One #2
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Length: 14 hours (370 pages)
Publisher: Crown Publishers, Random House Audio
Release Date: November 24, 2020
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.
Ready Player Two is the most unnecessary sequel in the history of unnecessary sequels.
Fame and wealth turned Wade into an asshole. The expansion of the world building and the conflict were bizarre and unsettling. The pacing was way off. The first third of the book was super slow and nothing really happened, then the actual quest was way too easy and the characters solved it way too quickly.
I enjoyed many of the new pop culture references (not all of them), and the only saving grace was getting to spend more time with the characters I loved from RPO (except when Wade was acting like a douche).
I didn’t totally hate it, and I had some fun along the way, but the ending was super weird, and again why does this book even exist?? So disappointed in this money grab.