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Ready Player Two: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Cline

Narrated By: Wil Wheaton

Date: November 2020

Duration: 13 hours 46 minutes

Summary:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST • “The game is on again. . . . A great mix of exciting fantasy and threatening fact.”—The Wall Street Journal

AN UNEXPECTED QUEST. TWO WORLDS AT STAKE. ARE YOU READY?

Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything.

Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, 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’ll 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.
 
Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.

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  • Frank H.

    Tedious. All the magic of RP1 is gone; this is a mish-mash of political correctness that tries way too hard. Lightning has not struck twice. Will Wheaton is beat as the nemesis in Big Bang Theory.....he’s over the top reading this...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Trenton G.

    Loved but forced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael M.

    Good book. Not as good as Ready Player One but good. Wil Wheaton done a wonderful job.

  • Julie S.

    It’s ok but forced and random in plot development

  • Susan V.

    It was fun but not as fun as book 1, mostly because I haven’t experienced most of the cultural touchstones mentioned in this book. I’ve watched some John Hughes’s movies but don’t love any of them. I think of many of them as the ‘Brat Pack’ movies and they didn’t do much for me in my teens. The book has a pretty long section dedicated to these movies and it was a bit of a yawn for me. Then there’s time spent with Prince, whose works I’m only passingly familiar with. Then there’s an arcade game I’ve never played. However, there is a pivotal scene set on a Tolkien world (though it’s based on one of his books I haven’t read). I can say I am now interested in exploring Prince’s music and movies as well as reading more of Tolkien’s works. Perhaps once I do so, I will revisit this book and find it more exciting. The book is a little slow to start yet I applaud that it made things believable. Set a few years after the High Five won the big prize in book 1, the group has drifted apart. There’s a rift in the group as some want to focus on cleaning up the real Earth while others, Wade included, are in love with this new OASIS interface called ONI. They keep perfecting it, encouraging more users to upgrade to it, and are even building a ship with a mini-OASIS to carry avatars offworld. Wade has not handled the fame and fortune well and has turned into a bit of a jerk. So, yeah, believable story arc but a little boring. Then about half-way through the action picks up. There’s a new hunt! Halliday’s OASIS avatar Anorak has threatened the the bulk of the OASIS inhabitants with his obsession over Kira, Ogden’s wife and once-upon-a-time friend to Halliday. Wade needs to swallow his pride and send up the Bat Signal for help from the old crew, and a new crew (the Low Five). Things get fun and exciting at this point. By the end of the story, I was left with a good redemption story for Wade. I also felt the tale had an underlying message that it’s OK to love the nerdy things you love even though they are flawed. The characters point out the limitations of things, like Hughes’s movies are pretty monochromatic and Tolkien’s works in general lack female roles. There was a heavy-handed monologue from Wade about LBGTQ+ inclusiveness in the OASIS. I think the new character L0hengrin (a.k.a. Lo) brings more finesse to this aspect of the story. In fact, I would love a story that follows Lo and the Low Five around on their side quest. There’s one aspect to the ending that had me shaking my head a little but to avoid spoilers I’ll just say it pertains to the spaceship. I wouldn’t mind a third novel following what happens with that spaceship as well as what happens with real-life Wade and crew on Earth. Overall, it’s a fun story but not as dazzling as Book 1. 4/5 stars. The Narration: Wil Wheaton is always a treat to listen to. He did a great job with Book 1 and I’m glad they kept him for Book 2. He had distinct voices for all the characters though sometimes his voices for female characters lost that distinction when talking in a group. There were plenty of emotions in this book and Wheaton did a great job portraying those. The pacing was perfect and there were no technical issues with the recording. 4.5/5 stars.

  • Paul Q.

    I started this book because I really enjoyed the first one. But the book started very slow and just got more disappointing. Decided not to finish once all the liberalism started to come out.

  • Pali80085

    Imagine getting mad that this book has "an agenda" and that it's bad to be progressive lol great story that makes people mad for all the right reasons

  • Robert P.

    This one did not grab me like the other. A matter of taste perhaps. Just not my cup of tea. Will Wheaton needs to work on his chops. I did not enjoy his narration.

  • Chris A.

    I really enjoyed it, seriously. I loved the first book and its characters, so being able to read about their lives and their new adventure, was very enjoyable for me. I'll be listening to it again soon, im sure lol.

  • Kenneth A.

    I was waiting on this book, as a continuation of RP1. However, it is more of a continuation of the film rather than the book. The story is also ruined by the constant preaching and agenda pushing. The parts of the story that were interesting and actually added to the story were too few and far between. The constant barrage of "progressivism" ruined what might have been a rather good sequel to an awesome story, but the pandering to the "anti-white/pro-trans" folks ruined it. Really disappointed.

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