Gist: I liked it, but this is hardly an amazing book(but neither is the first one).
This thread contains full open spoilers for Ready Player One and its sequel, Ready Player Two
First, realize that I really enjoyed the original book, but thought the movie was a big disappointment. I think Wil Wheaton really brought the whole audio book to life and I was glad that he returned to read the sequel. If you didn’t like the first book, it’s cool, but I thought it was really fun and a great example of a purely entertaining book. Not deep, not profound, but a very solid and fun book
My thoughts about Ready Player Two
I liked it quite a bit, actually. It does not shoot to be any deeper or any more epic than the original and I think that was wise. Ernest Cline does not yet appear to be one of our great modern authors and I think he was wise to keep things nice and safe with this sequel. Another quest? OK, that’s ludicrous, but they say write what you know and he knew how to write that. It worked.
Of all the amazing technology, the thing I find myself questioning is the time that Parcival and his friends are apparently able to spend consuming every pop-culture thing from the 80’s and 90’s and able to complete all the quests the Oasis has to offer. Parcival is almost a Wikipedia of pop culture and it is pretty ridiculous to expect that any human could do all the quests he did and be able to see every movie, show, and read every book out there.
Uh, so living forever as an AI is actually kept at the end. I thought for sure he was going to push the button(once everyone woke up) and eliminate the Oasis. I was not anticipating a Ready Player Three, so I thought Parcival would end the whole thing. Way too risky. And, no, you aren’t really resurrected if your mind is copied into a computer. Come on.
I don’t hate Prince, but I was bored the entire time they did the “Prince planet” quest. I’m sure Prince fans were happy, but it was dull otherwise. I don’t love John Hughes movies, but that section did not bother me. :shrugs:
I think this should be the end. I would read another sequel, but come on, he got pretty lucky with this one. It doesn’t ruin the first book and if I ever re-read the first one, I will likely re-read this one as well.
Did you like it? Hate it? Feel neither way?