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Ready Player Two

(Ready Player One #2)

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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  35,461 ratings  ·  5,990 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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    THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SEQUEL TO READY PLAYER ONE.


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

    Days after winning OASIS founder
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    _ngallagher
    Overall this book is fun but so disappointing it hurts. Wade Watts has become unrecognizable, the countless subplots make it hard to really feel invested in the story at large and the ending was just...............yikes. RP1 4ever.
    emma
    let the games begin.

    review to come / 2.5 stars

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    currently-reading updates

    people have gotten angrier at me in the comments of this review than possibly in any other i've written, and i haven't even read it yet.

    let's give them something to be mad about, shall we?

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    tbr review

    NOTE: i wrote this review in TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHTEEN, when this book was announced. it's not a review, it's me marking it as to-read. chill the ever-living hell out.

    title!!! cover!!! pub date!!!
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    Nataliya
    Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2020-reads
    GAME. FINALLY. OVER.

    For f*ck’s sake. That’s the phrase that repeats itself over and over in my Kindle notes as I was slogging my way through this soulless cash grab of a clusterf*ck.

    It’s been a while since I’ve been this irritated by a book. Time to rant.

    I got a huge kick out of its predecessor, Ready Player One, even if it often read like the reiteration of Wikipedia pages of the 1980s trivia. Yes, it was a trivia-laden wish fulfillment, but it appealed to our human instinct of rooting for an
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    why is the garbage man coming back
    Maxwell
    Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Where do I start with my review of Ready Player Two?

    When I first read Ready Player One almost 7 years ago, I was a big fan. It was fun, fresh, exciting and unlike anything I'd read before. It's a truly enthralling adventure story with loads of references to 80's pop culture and other 'nerd' stuff that, though I may not have had a vast knowledge of, I enjoyed.

    Ready Player Two follows pretty much the same arc to a tee. There's truly nothing new in this book, and if anything it soured my memor
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    Hamad
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    This is gonna be a rant review because despite having low expectations, it still managed to disappoint me. Let me quote my friend Jonathan who said “Ooh, sounds like Player 2 was most definitely not ready.”

    I think book 1 was definitely a much better book despite me growing as a reader and a reviewer and having read the 2 books with 600 books in between. I don’t like it when series get extended, because let’s be honest as we all know it is usually just a
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    Blaine
    Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, audible, hardcover
    A quick spoiler-free word before I begin. I’m likely the only Blaine you know. It is not a common name. So as the unofficial gatekeeper of the Blaine Hall of Fame, I am here to tell you that the Hall only has four members: Blane from the movie Pretty in Pink, Blaine from Glee, Blain from the movie Predator (the self-described “goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus” who “ain’t got time to bleed,” two lines I promise you I used a lot in my teens), and Blaine the Australian surfer who was Barbie’s boyfriend ...more
    R.K. Gold
    Nov 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    This was easily my biggest disappointment for the year. I thoroughly enjoyed Ready Player One and expected the sequel to at least be an entertaining re-immersion into the promising world of the Oasis. While it offered some interesting philosophical discussion, the majority of the book felt like a rushed plot with little setup and overweighted the importance of 80s references. In the first book these references offered a unique voice, but here they felt like forced cameos on a sitcom that’s lost ...more
    Nicole
    Dec 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, science-fiction
    Mr. Cline sat in front of his laptop and started thinking... how to make this book good?

    - People liked the quest... so let's do that.
    - But hey let's increase the stakes with some crazy plot. Doesn't matter if it's going to be messy.
    - And let's have the first 20% a wiki that recaps and tries to catch the reader up to the current events of where the last one ended. Doesn't matter if we have almost no present time dialogue, it’s a whole mess of info dumping right at the readers face.
    - To make the
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    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
    READY PLAYER ONE: BREAKS THE INTERNET

    Wade's OASIS is under attack by the evil TubeYou gamer DewPieDee, who has given it a bad review. Aech is tired of living in his shadow and goes off to seek her own fortunes. Wade must create his own TubeYou account under a fake name and accidentally goes viral, which he then uses to go to a TubeYou conference to challenge DewPieDee with unexpected results. His nemesis, the gamer who threatens to destroy everything...

    Is his friend, Aech.
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    Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
    i would bet big money that this book is going to fail

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    Susanne  Strong
    Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Review posted on: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

    Wil Wheaton is Back! And that my friends, made the geek in me one very Happy Girl!

    Another day in the Oasis, brings on another contest for Wade Watts and his friends. This time, it’s to find the “Seven Shards of the Siren’s Soul.”

    Time however, is of the essence. Most folks now get into the Oasis with new ONI headsets and unfortunately for them, Anorak, Halliday’s avatar has hacked the system such that, when their daily time limit for usi
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    I’m so grumpy, whiny, upset right now! This is not about cleansing program I apply for 5 days ( no alcohol, no sweets, comfort food, I’m so close to beg someone just kill me now!) it’s the side effects of the book.

    Two years ago when I attend a conference about the importance of visual effects on AT&T shape and Ready Player One’s producers, digital artists, screenwriters, a few actors were the speakers. At the first time they told about a sequel of the movie was coming sooner but they waited fo
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    Ashley
    Me: Ready Player One doesn't need a sequel!

    Also Me: *Adds to Want to Read* *Mentally/Emotionally subscribes to updates about said sequel*
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    Matthew
    Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, audio, sci-fi, library
    Oh, the perils of reading a book that is a sequel to one I loved so much!

    Will it be as good?

    If it isn’t, how crushed will I be?

    Am I even giving it a fair chance going in since my expectations are already set so high?

    I read the author’s last book and didn’t care for it – was that the start of a downward trend and this is just the next step down?

    I am already seeing negative reviews because it wasn’t as good and a major disappointment, so how can I not go into it expecting the worst?

    Yes, all of th
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    victoria
    Nov 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, scifi, lgbt
    Just as horrifically plotted and written as its predecessor, yet somehow more egregious for the thin veneer of ostensible wokeness Cline attempts to apply in broad strokes. Don't try to appeal to the radical crowd if you are utterly ignorant of what radical actually entails.

    The writing is about equivalent to if you forced an AI to watch every movie in the MCU and then create a CW TV pilot based on what it just consumed. The set-up and exposition alone take about one hundred and fifty pages cons
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    Regina
    Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called “Ready Player Two.”

    And get through it I did, with pleasure. I understand many readers have planted firmly in the no-way-no-how camp for this follow up, believing it either to be at best unnecessary and at worst a lazy cash grab. I guess I see those points, but I also see how one’s enjoyment of the novel depends largely on how well one relates to the themes of the quests Wade and crew face as they pursue a new unexpected
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    Ali Abdaal
    Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Really really good. Bit different to book 1, and I still didn't get a lot of the 80s references, but still very good and a fun read. ...more
    Philip
    1.5ish stars.

    To be fair, the first book was only a 3-star read for me. But at least that one was fun. This is joyless and Preachy.
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    Perry
    Nov 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed the trip that READY PLAYER ONE took me on. The author transforms the sequel into a stinking number 2 of WOKEness.

    I hate propagandist uber left bullshit. We’ve suffered propaganda from the other side of the cultural divide from a clownishpresident who I have been working to defeat since day one.

    I dont need pinko crap pushed on me now, in an adventure novel full of virtue signaling and instructing all readers, including very young ones, that being a male or a female is ABSOLUTELY meani
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    George
    Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: sci-fi
    This was an unexpected sequel.

    Anyway, Ernest Cline is an expert on escapism. He is so good at it, that at the ending of the first book even after his explicit warning against going too far burying your head into the sand, you are still left thinking how awesome the Oasis and the whole quest for the 3 keys was. After reading this book it seems that he wanted to amend his mistake, so he toned down his barrage of references (there is still plenty, but I honestly loved the sheer opulence of them in
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    Kira
    Jan 20, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    YOU HAVe NO IDEA HOW READY ( PLAYER ONE ;) ) I AM FOR THIS
    NAT.orious reads ☾
    This book is for… people who are not hell-bent on hating this sequel as a matter of principle.

    Overall.
    The sad truth is, a lot of people went into Ready Player Two determined not to like it. You could tell by the updates they made long before they ever even touched the book and the whiny reviews they wrote after. If this is how you wanna go about reading unexpected sequels, don't read this book. Or any sequels at all. You'll be unable to appreciate it for what Ready Player Two is: a decent
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    Brittany Rosensky
    Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, sci-fi
    Wow.

    For those concerned, you can go your whole life without reading this and the wonderment of Ready Player One is still intact.

    BUT, this is a great extension of the story that I believe enhances the magic of the OASIS.

    Ready Player Two had its ups and downs for me. I struggled with my feelings for characters I had fallen in love with. I wondered how in the world this story could be as epic and immersive as the first was for myself. It's worth it in the end.

    Overall, it did not disappoint and
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    Jaimie
    Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, 2-stars
    We could have had RP1 duplicated almost entirely and I would have happily enjoyed the ride. But that's not what we got. RP1 is about a dedicated, passionate boy questing in a MMORPG on crack and making friends with a motley crew along the way. RP2 (the sequel no one asked for) is about (view spoiler)

    Wade without the contest to give him purpose is a selfish and self-righteous, obnoxious and off-putting whiner and it wa
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    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    3.5 Stars
    Video Review: https://youtu.be/XM9nfeWctOQ
    Was this sequel unnecessary? Yes.
    Did I still enjoy reading it? Yes.

    In terms of plots, this book follows very similar "narrative beats" to the first book. The humour and entertainment is, once again largely based around name dropping nostalgic nerdy cultures. If you didn't enjoy the first book, then you shouldn't pick up the second book expecting a different experience.

    Readers' enjoyment of this book will largely depend on their expectations goin
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    Anne
    Sep 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Oooooh. It does have a sequel.
    I thought the ending to the 1st book was hot garbage that made no sense and it left me extremely unsatisfied.
    Perhaps this one will fix the issues I had with it?

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    OR.
    Maybe instead of a fun VR world, this will go the way of the Matrix Reloaded?
    We'll probably end up reading about pasty people running around in trailer parks wearing burlap clothing.
    Hahaha!

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    demi. ♡
    Jul 15, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Seriously? ‘Ready Player Two’? What a creative name after ‘Ready Player One’ 😂
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    ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros. and director Steven Spielberg. His second novel, ARMADA, debuted at #4 on the NYT Bestseller list and is being made into a film by Univers ...more

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