Ready Player Two

A Novel , #2

Hardcover, 384 pages

English language

Published Nov. 23, 2020 by Ballantine Books.

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3 stars (13 reviews)

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.

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reviewed Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (Ready Player, #2)

Dafür war ich jetzt nicht bereit...

3 stars

Ach ja, Fortsetzungen... Nach dem ich vom ersten Teil so begeistert war, da waren meine Erwartungen erwartungsgemäß recht hoch und wurden leider enttäuscht.

Der Autor hat sich ja bemüht, aber die Stimmung vom ersten Teil kam hier nicht mehr rüber. Die Story ist zwar eine konsequente Fortführung, aber doch sehr durchschnittlich. Es war alles irgendwie vorhersehbar und die Rätsel auch eher mäßig. Dazu hielt man sich viel zu sehr auf gewissen Planeten und mit gewissen Künstlern auf, mit denen ich so gar nichts positives verbinde, so dass bei mir der Funke einfach ausblieb. 3 virtuelle Sterne sind bei mir da noch drin, aber wenn ich gewisse Längen des Romans Revue passieren lasse, dann sind es wohl eher ziemlich blasse.

reviewed Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (Ready Player One, #2)

Review of 'Ready Player Two' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I have lots of thoughts on this book, some good and some not so good. Overall, I think I can't recommend it generally, and most folks who loved the first one will be okay with this but disappointed.

While both the Player One and Player Two are entrenched in 80s and 90s pop culture, this one is also steeped in tropes, most notably relationship and villain tropes. And, it mirrors the first novel in structure. Outside of different historic culture references, there is nearly nothing new here.

I enjoyed parts of the new quest, but I'm really stuck on the things I didn't like at all: I hated the concept of the bad guy, I don't like what Cline did with Wade and Samantha, and finally, I can't stand that the way those changes to that relationship are essentially ignored once the new crisis hits.

While I like Prince's music, …

reviewed Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (Ready Player One, #2)

Review of 'Ready Player Two' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I find it hard to believe that over 8 years have flown since I picked up and devoured ready Player One. I loved it, and although the movie was different, I enjoyed that for what it was too. I have reread One at least once a year since and was truly excited for the release of book two.

I finished Two and, although not as thrilled with it as I would have liked, I think that would have been hard to match. As a sequel, it moves the story on in a very clever way (the ending in particular was great). I did feel that the 12 hour timespan throughout the books’ main action was a little too artificial and everything bot a bit squished, and of course it’s hard to reinvigorate a topic you’ve trod heavily over in a first story. And Prince, yech.

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