Adventure, Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Review: Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

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

2 Stars

Science Fiction | Dystopia/Utopia | Fantasy

What disappoints me beyond all things holy? Yeah, you guessed it, this review. Ugh. This pains me beyond anything I can fathom right now but gosh dang-it I am very unhappy right now.

Well… where to start really? Ready. Set. MATCH.

Best way to describe this without any detail or spoilers? In a nutshell, it is a plot within a plot within another story that is another tangent of a storyline, all wrapped into the continuation of Wade post-win. And yet there is another quest to figure out what the creator of OASIS left behind in his legacy for Wade and his band of same group buddies to win and to get the girl. Yep, the exact same as RP1. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good magical RPG-based quest to save the inter-webs of humanity, especially mixed in with some pop-culture trivia, but again it was not re-invented nor elaborated to become it’s own world. It was essentially a reboot of RP1 just with a Two in the title.

Wade is absolutely unrecognizable as a character. The wholesome, lovable nerd I feel for in RP1 is… well he is utterly wretched, there is just no other way to describe him. That underdog we all rooted for is completely devoid of his compassion. Wade is whiney, rude, and downright bland as a character. All the personal growth is wiped, leaving a selfish, newly rich boy to play with the world.

Once I was knee deep into a couple of chapters of the constant word vomit that is RP2, I honestly started skimming the read. I should have DNF, but my wishful thinking of maybe it will get better kept me going in the warp-hole. I was unable to connect with the characters, even putting aside Wade, there was literally nothing there. The banter, catchy back and forth jokes, comradery, it just was not there in the way I would have expected.

Do not even get me started on the ending. What was that? Utterly disappointed.

Bottom line, I had high hopes for Ready Player Two. I absolutely LOVED RP1. It is hands down one of my favorite Science Fiction read of all time. The seer masterpiece that is RP1 is untouchable, I am convinced and though Cline attempted a Sequel, I truly believe he would have been more successful if he had just not done one at all. Fed into the hype, this sequel is definitely one best left unread so that you do not spoil your love for Ready Player One.

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