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.

This is a tricky book for me to review. I absolutely love Ready Player One, its one of my all time favourites with a wonderful mix of geekdom and hope. Going into this book I knew there was a chance that I would up very disappointed.

I was and I wasn’t. I don’t usually enjoy sequels that undo the happy ending of the first book – again this one both did and didn’t. We got to see what happened to Wade and the others in the aftermath of RP1 and while it wasn’t all roses it also rang true to what we knew of Wade from the first book. So it didn’t so much feel that a happy end had been undone, it just felt kind of inevitable.

It felt like the geek references where forced into this one a little more than RP1, with a lot more explanation needed for what or who they related to – it lost a bit of the flow of the story.

I thought the ‘price’ Halliday’s heir had to pay for each shard was a bit lame, a price that cost him more would have made the consequences of choosing to hunt for them a little more interesting but the ‘price’ that was required tied in to the ultimate end game so i suppose it made sense.

I also found it quite slow to start, there was a lot of re-visiting old ground before the real story kicked in. Once it did the pace picked up, the gang were back together and the whole thing became a lot more fun again.

The story did hold up as a sequel, it was just lacking a bit of the hope (although some of that did come eventually) and the sheer joy of the first. I did enjoy reading it but I didn’t love it in the same way as I love Ready Player One.

Ready Player Two is available now.