Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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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"-- Provided by publisher
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 -- adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781524761332
Branch Call Number: FIC CLINE
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Ready player 2


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Jun 09, 2021

Not as good as the first one, which is only good for a YA. Clearly RP2 was written for a screenplay adaption because there is absolutely ZERO nuance. It takes no thinking to read this book and the excessive 80s references ( + their explanations - like leave that out, let the geeks geek and everyone else just read maybe?) reached a new height of annoying. Is Ernest Cline writing a book or designing a set? Who can say.

Also… golly it’s repetitive! ‘Ogden’s estate looks like Rivendell,’ ‘ Did you know Ogden’s estate looked like Rivendell?,’ ‘ Ogden’s estate was created in the likeness of Rivendell,’ ‘Ogden’s estate is a perfect replication of Rivendell’ …. Facts like this over and over and over and over like the reader might have amnesia chapter to chapter.

CMLibrary_LindaK Jun 09, 2021

If you listen to audiobooks, this is one to listen to...Will Wheaton does an excellent job of animating the characters in the story...honestly, this was a fun book for may have gone bigger than the first one, and has holes and such, but it was so much fun with all of the pop culture references from my childhood...from music to movies, it was chock full of memories for if you are looking for something fun to read and are a teen of the 80s or 90s this may be the book for you...if you don't like the nostalgia and pop references, you will probably not like this or the original book...but for me it was a fun ride...

JCLLaurelA Jun 03, 2021

This book picks up shortly after Ready Player One drops off. You get a fairly quick summary of the three years immediately after the end of the first book, and then... SHENANIGANS. I thought this book was pretty decent. It has a couple of oddly deep themes in it, and whether you agree with how Cline resolves those or not is up to you. I can't really give my opinions on it without giving away some hefty spoilers. As with the first book, this really reads like an in depth fan fiction of the 1980s. As a Minnesota girl, my favorite section is obviously the part involving Prince. Which I don't think is a spoiler, since they use his symbol in the prologue...

May 20, 2021

Couldn't make it to 100 pages, which is usually my benchmark for deciding on a book. It seemed that Cline was relying too much on RP1 references and not bringing me in on a new story line. Had to pass on it.

Apr 01, 2021

Definitely a sequel to Ready Player One, this one picks up where that left off. (Probably a good idea to re-read One if it's been awhile.) But not nearly as fun or as adroitly written. This felt less like an author with something original to add and more like an author looking to capitalize on a previous success. Disappointing...

Feb 28, 2021

Large Print edition more available?

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..

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.

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.

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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