Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two

Book - 2020
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"A 1980s cultural assessment of the fantastical future of online behavior continues the story that began in the internationally best-selling futuristic novel, Ready Player One, that inspired a blockbuster Steven Spielberg film"--
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]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781524761332
Branch Call Number: ScF Clin
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Ready player 2

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WoodyQul
Feb 28, 2021

Large Print edition more available?

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jpena78213
Feb 21, 2021

I think if Ready Player Two was edited from being a long, complicated novel about the how the main character Z (Parazival) becoming self indulgent within the OASIS technology and becoming disconnected with his girlfriend and his friends. The story would have worked with if the Sixers were somehow still in charge of the Oasis. I found the storyline of Ready Player Two to be somewhat similar to the original Ready Player One book, as well as 1991 movie the Lawnmower Man. The Lawnmower Man movie is about a disabled lawnmower man who becomes evil due to the use of virtual reality. From what I understand, the original Lawnmower man story was written by Steven King in 1975.

I found Ready Player Two too be somewhat difficult to read, especially with the recent inclement winter weather, with two unprecedented snowstorms and having the power and hot water go off while I was trying to read the book late at night with flashlights on in the middle of the night. But on second glance, I found references to Howard Hughes's movies, namely Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Office, Star Wars, and the Star Trek universe.

I still would like to revisit Ready Player Two someday if I were given more time to do so by listening to Wil Wheaton's recording..

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Wako
Feb 12, 2021

Ready Player Two is a wholly unnecessary book. Was anyone really clamoring for a sequel? Odds are, if you enjoyed the first book, you’ll enjoy the second book - unless, of course, you are bored by a basic rehashing of something you’ve already read. Yes, this is just another fetch-quest excuse to delve into 80s nostalgia and geek out on trivia minutia. Sure, it can be a fun ride, but I found that whatever prior interest I may have had for these characters quickly dwindled this time, and I was left just wanting to escape from the story. If you’re a massive Ready Player One fan, give this a read. If not, then steer clear.

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dgiard
Jan 31, 2021

"Ready Player Two" by Ernest Cline continues the story of Wade Watts that began in the author's first novel "Ready Player One" - a novel of the near future that was a huge hit with middle aged nerds.

Wade and his friends are now in control of the largest company in the world. This company that controls the OASIS - a virtual world in which people can escape and live out their fantasies. Wade is rich and famous, but he is not happy. He has lost his girlfriend, has little contact with his friends, and is unpopular with the public and he is to blame for most of his problems. His world turns even worse when a malevolent AI within the OASIS hacks the entire system, trapping millions of users inside and threatening to kill them unless Wade and friends complete a quest to find the Seven Shards.

The hook of this novel is not dissimilar to the earlier one: young people must navigate a virtual world, showing off their video game proficiency and knowledge of late 20th century pop culture to overcome a series of challenges .

There are a couple key differences with the earlier novel: RP2 has a much darker tone than RP1; and there is a narrower focus on pop culture in this one. While RP1 bombarded the reader with an enormous amount of 1980s and 1990s references, RP2 dives deeper into fewer topic topics, such as Tolkien's Middle Earth, the music of Prince, and the movies of John Hughes. The lines between good and evil are less clearly drawn.

I appreciated that this book acknowledges a glaring logic hole in its predecessor. The earlier novel presented the creators of the OASIS as benevolent geniuses trying to build an alternate, better world than the dystopia outside. But it ignored one important corollary: as people spent more time escaping into virtual reality or supporting its infrastructure and economy, they neglected the real world even more, causing contributing to its accelerated deterioration. "Ready Player Two" raises this issue and highlights even more flaws in the OASIS creators. The addictive nature of the virtual world is intensified by the introduction of headsets that offer a more immersive experience by interacting directly with the user's brain waves.

With a film adaptation almost certain, it was difficult to read it without envisioning how it would translate to a big screen with expensive CGI affects.

"Ready Player Two" presents a familiar formula which will resonate with Cline's fans. We can see the themes Cline is addressing: The corruption of wealth and power; The dangers of addiction; and the inevitable disappointment of hero worship. But the execution lacks the originality and charm of the first book. Still, I found it to be enjoyable escapism.

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green_dog_2854
Jan 30, 2021

Ready Player Two is a good book to read if you liked the first book. It is very enjoyable to read. The characters are well written and you feel like you know the main character very well. It isn’t very different from the first one through. The same story as in the first book generally takes place again. You follow Wade after he has become the owner of Oasis. The original creator has set up another mystery/challenge for the players to figure out. I recommend it if you liked the first book and want to read it again with a new spin on it.

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Katie_Dublin
Jan 27, 2021

Another fun trip to the OASIS. Is this as good as Ready Player One? No, but it's still good and does not deserve those overly harsh reviews. Admittedly, the first 100 pages did drag. Wade whines about losing Artemis and being a jerk celebrity. New technology is very slowly explained with too many 80s references. Just when hope is almost dead, the plot finally begins on page 100, and the book immediately improves. Yes, it is another epic quest in OASIS, obviously. What else would it be? Why would this be anything else? Yet some reviewers are seemingly mad about this. I cannot begin to fathom what they expected or desired. As far as the political internet fury, it unsurprisingly turns out to be overblown nonsense about nothing. Ready Player Two would have greatly benefited from editing, especially the first quarter, but is still a very enjoyable adventure worth reading.

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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.

IndyPL_JillL Jan 02, 2021

Not a bad story, but really hard to catch lighting in a bottle twice. A disappointment only because I loved the first one so much.

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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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