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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.

©2020 Ernest Cline (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Game Over

This book should not have been written. Ernest Cline managed to find a niche with the first book and relied heavily on nostalgia for the eighties to guide people through the story. This feels just like a cash-in and really does expose Cline's limitations as a storyteller and writer.

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Heartbreaking to have waited so long for this!

I’m absolutely gutted. After waiting many years for the sequel to one of my favourite audiobooks I cannot believe how awful this was! Just awful!

The first book was full of excitement and was fun to listen to and enjoy but this... awful! It’s dreary, it’s dark and it’s not enjoyable at all!

Most pop culture references were crowbarred in and utterly lifeless compared to the first book and there is little celebration for anything other than absolute neche references and don’t even get me started on what seemed like TWO HOURS of Prince world!!

The ending was rushed and the author should be ashamed of such awful descriptions of the final scenes, especially after so much time wasted on Prince the whole ending was rushed and lifeless!

Steven Spielberg won’t be wasting his time with this sequel and nor should you!

If Will Weaton hadn’t narrated this I’d have returned it after the first chapter, he is the only thing good about this book and his narration is excellent with the exception of his female British accent and pronouncing one of the characters names differently from the first book which was mildly irritating!

Listen to the first on repeat instead, that was a masterpiece!

I cannot believe what I just wrote, I’m heartbroken after such a long wait and such high hopes!

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Seems likes a fan fiction pastiche of the original

I should say first off that I loved Ready player one, a great 80s geekfest of a novel that I consumed over three days.

In this sequel Cline has tried to pick up where he left off, but something has changed, and it does not work. The first three chapters are especially frustrating, being endlessly wordy exposition, that come across as a pastiche of the original, and I almost gave up at this point.

I persevered, and it does pick up a little after these early chapters, but for me at least, just does not recapture the joy of the original. The characters are less likable, the writing more plodding, the pop culture references ever more contrived.

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Disappointing

I have 5 hours left to listen and I can't bring myself to continue. Ready Player One was an enjoyable and fun story. Ready Player 2 is not. Will Wheaton's narration is fine but, the story is just tedious and boring.

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really disappointing

I adored Ready Player One, and have been looking forward to Ready Player Two ever since it was announced. I am so disappointed; everything that made the original special has gone. Characters personalities have completely changed, are completely 2d, and rely on agendas (albeit admirable) to define their personality. I find it difficult to get excited about an adventure, when even the main character isn't. Wil Wheaton is excellent as always, but unfortunately even his brilliant performance isn't enough to save the story or spark much enjoyment. Gutted.

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The sequel we didn’t need.

I liked the first book. It was entertaining and fun. Geeky in a good and positive way. The sequel is self-indulgent and extremely dull. Tediously dull. A severe disappointment with a clumsy and uninspired plot. Wheaton does a good job but is hampered by poor material. This is derivative and listless.

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It's not good, folks!

This book just didn't need to exist. The only good bit about it is the narration.

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So very disappointing :(

I wonder if Wil Wheaton narrated this thinking, ‘this 2nd book is a load of rubbish!’ Great narration but how can you go from loving all the characters in the first book to wishing them all dead in the second?

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Meh

I enjoyed Wil Wheaton's performance, but if you've read Awaken Online and the Bobiverse there's nothing new here. It wasn't bad, just nowhere near as good as the original.

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A boring to a great classic

I don't know what Ernest Cline was thinking, but this is a terrible sequel.
The story is boring and the characters that we all know and lovehave all changed.
I looked forward to this book, but what a disappointment. It was so dull I nearly gave up a number of times.
Even the title doesn't make sense.
I think I'll stick with Ready Player One.

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  • David
  • 30-11-20

Ready Player One was lightening in a bottle

This follow up to Ready Player One felt generic. It both felt like it was affected by the movie version of RP1 but also felt like the story had been thought about before the movie had been in production.

Ready Player Two didn’t go where I thought it would go, but I also didn’t like how generic the story felt. It felt like they could directly adapt this in a movie version but that isn’t a good thing. If you boiled the book down to its events, it could have been one third shorter.

The characters didn’t feel like they were the same characters from RP1. The choices they made didn’t feel like the choice of those from the first book. Art3mis was contradictory and Parzival was a down right A hole, and the swearing is this book was not warranted. I don’t mind swearing but the amount of it felt forced.

The performance saved the book for me from turning it off.

I didn’t like Cline’s second book Armada because it felt like this. You’ve heard this story played over countless times. You could chalk it up to Ready Player Two doing what is does with pop culture but The thing I loved about RP1 was that it was a unique story told with pop culture as a nice side plate.

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  • dedb4dawn!
  • 22-12-20

Stilted

The first book was a wonderful nostalgia trip. This felt just plain wooden and forced.

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  • Joel Cohen
  • 08-03-21

A disappointed fan

I'm a real fan of Ready Player One. I read (actually read) it twice. I was waiting for this sequel. Unfortunately I was disappointed.
The book is slow and feels at times like reading a list of actors and characters on old films or games. I found myself struggling not to abandon it. If you intend to read it, skip my next text and judge it yourselves.
At the beginning nothing happens for a number of chapters. Then, when it starts to get into the main thing in the story, it is sragged by countless mentions of games and characters that were simply too much (way more than the first book). It felt like just dumping info and facts about films and games which did not help or relate to the story at all. The only time where the book gets interesting and starts to actually tell a story, with less irrelevant references, is in the last couple of chapters.
I didn't return/changed it only because I actually finished it.
Sorry Ernest.

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  • Ye Thiha Tun
  • 31-01-21

Missing the charm and nostalgia from the 1st book

Some of the conflicts felt a bit forced and pacing is quite bad. I managed to go through and enjoy RP1 fairly smoothly, even during the re-reads. I struggled to finish this one. I've finally finished it and I don't plan to revisiting again.

*spoilers*
I rather it follows a new group's adventure, Low-five. It is Ready Player "Two".

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  • Tim
  • 01-04-21

Not as good as Player One, better than Amarda

gets bogged down in the middle. A lot of the quests turn into pop culture listicals. Lots of content serving no story purpose but proving Cline's research skills. But a big improvement on Armada.

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  • Andy
  • 11-02-21

nonsense

reads like a teenagers fanfic. constant ham fisted social commentary by characters who are written as horrible insufferable people. i appreciate what the author was going for, but it didn't hit the mark as a story or as a sequel.

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  • Cameron
  • 26-01-21

Okay start, questionable villain, mediocre middle and brilliant ending!

The beginning was a bit depressing and stretched out, leaving the main quests squeezed. The villain was a bit questionable. The quests were pretty cool, just like listening to some video game quests that were very vivid. Will Wheaton is my hero with the voice of an angel. The ending was fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-20

In this day and age of including everyone

I was really excited when i heard there was going to be a ready player 2. So I preordered it and listened to it immediately when it was delivered. I have to say I enjoyed most of the book. Some parts though seemed really forced. The thing that threw me off a lot was the feeling that the story was trying to please everyone or include everyone to the point that it was jarring. It was missing the many iconic geek culture and pop culture throwbacks like the first book, which i loved and listened to many many times. I am a child of the 80s so i loved the many references in ready player two. But I guess the bar was set really high in the first book. Once again Will Wheaton did an excellent job. Please give this book a read if you liked the first one, as it ties up many loose ends. Overall I recommend getting this book if you need a ready player one fix.

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  • Nahuel Rodriguez
  • 29-11-20

Can't wait for the Snyder Cut

I really liked most of it, but some parts of the quest were really long, and some others felt too short. The "let's talk about every minority ever" felt a little forced , and it didn't work very well, lot's of offended haters around the globe. Next time, make it about the original minority this book was about, the gamers and geeks. Can't wait for the Low Five spin-off, or the Arcadia one.

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  • JustGotWicked
  • 25-11-20

Great listen. A good sequel.

The plot is laid on pretty thick early on, so it becomes quite easy to piece together exactly what is going to happen.
The charm of the first book is somewhat missing from this one. It still has a charm or its own. The writing seems fairly stripped back and rather straight forward, but it is still a very entertaining listen/ read.
if you are a fan of the first novel you should still love this one also.

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