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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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Never go full SJW

The book managed to capture some of the original interest of the first one (which I loved), but on so many occasions it came across as ultra preachy and just painful to listen to. From radical gender theory, gender fluidity to third wave feminism and blm style over the top anti racism (don't get me wrong, racism is bad, but this was painful. This was Dunkirk is racist because there are no black people kinda silliness). So yea, it certainly had its moments, and was ok for mindless entertainment, but this has more in common with a gender studies class than an entertaining book. It felt like Hollywood took the first one and hired writers to make it more inclusive and gender neutral. I read the first one 4 times... this one, I had it on 2x just to finish it. Epic fail. Definitely getting a refund.

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Yeah ... ummm can I get my quarter back?

First book was awesome. This book is different and sadly shoves the authors views down your throat over and over again. I'm neutral here and peoples lifestyles are their own, but in-between the good stuff in this book you are brow beaten by the author through the characters. But maybe some people like that. Anyways it lost its flare and the thrill of the first book. Read it and decide for yourself.

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  • Nat
  • 28-11-2020

Disappointed.

Firstly I want to say that "Ready Player One" is one of my all time favorite books. So I was really excited for this book to come out. My excitement soon turned to disappointment upon getting into the first couple of hours. The story felt forced and like it was trying was too hard. If you really enjoy "Stranger Things" season 1 and then felt the total let down of season 2, it's much the same. I actually found myself wanting to skip though long winded over detailed, trying way too hard to be retro parts of the book. I'm about as disappointed in this book as I was the movie adaptation of the first book.

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A waste of $15

Another author writing books to make some money this book was boring and dragged out.

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Enjoyable, but..

A good story with some interesting ideas. Not nearly as good as the first book. The main disappointment was the pointless virtue signalling force feeding you at every opportunity. Less wokeness needed and more focus on telling a great sci-fi adventure.

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A poor imitation of the original

Poor storyline, lacks direction feels rushed and unfinished. A sequel for that sake of a sequel. Lacks the wonder and creativity of the original.

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“Well, that’s just lazy writing” ~ Deadpool

Ready Player One was amazing. I read it 4 times and was still engaged. I was so excited about the movie and although not as good as the book (let’s face it, they never are), it was still a fun piece of entertainment for what it was. When I first saw that this 2nd book was in the making, I was excited. The anticipation, the thrill of another adventure… then nothing. This was a big serving of boredom and disappointment. It was a weak story that was poorly written. The middle of the book is padded with so much superfluous detail that I forgot where the characters were, what they needed to do and where the story was heading. This felt like a ‘Netflix adaptation’ of RP1…if you know what I mean. The story had so much potential but nearly everything that was cool and engaging about RP1 is missing here. If someone out there has a ‘Zemeckis Cube’, can you please use it and turn back my time to make me forget that I have read this book.

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It’s still good despite a couple of things

If you’ve read and loved the first book then you should read this one. The first book was so good that many people believed it would be impossible for this one to meet expectations... they were right BUT it’s still good. I recommend you fast forward chapters 21, 22 and half of 23. Those chapters contain a music playing & singing battle with Prince (I’m spoiling nothing here). Yes that’s right 2.5 chapters on Prince ffs! Two things should never happen again... under no circumstances should Will Wheaton attempt a British accent, nor should anyone write a multi chapter battle against different incarnations of Prince. Anyway despite those two small things, the rest of the book was good fun. Read it.

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Was skeptical, then completely satisfied.

An awesome, very original and well performed sequel to Ready Player One. The beginning had me very unsure but somewhere around 30 minutes in or so, I was hooked again. Every twist and turn was both unexpected and welcomed. Beautifully ended.

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A sequel lacking in heart and soul

Loved the first book. Loved Armada even more. Ready Player 2 isn't worthy of being mentioned in the same breath. Really disappointing. Even Wil couldn't save it.

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  • David
  • 30-11-2020

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!
  • 22-12-2020

Stilted

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2020

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
  • 29-11-2020

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
  • 25-11-2020

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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  • Karen Gilfillan
  • 17-01-2021

Wow!

this was the perfect sequal to one of my favourite books ever! I didn't know where the author could go after the contest to end all contests, but here we have it. a quest like no other with a countdown clock of epic consequences. the twists were mostly unexpected & the conclusion worth reading to the final full stop. a walk down memory lane through the 80s whilst grappling with current ethical concerns, this book will stand the test of time and be loved by many generations to come. Wheaton was a pleasure to listen to and played the parts of the characters with consistency. I will be "reading" this book again!

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  • Morten Kiil Finsås
  • 13-01-2021

Not as good at book One

I was looking forward to this book after loving Ready Player One, but the first half of the book was so boring that I found myself switching over to other books, than back again to be able to listen. The second half of the book is much better.

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  • Mr Stocky
  • 11-01-2021

to infinity and beyond

what a fantastic conclusion to Ready Player 1. another great story by Ernest Cline, from start to finish I was amazed at his ability to weave a story so full of the minute details of Pop culture from the last 20 years. The audible version shows the depth of talent from Will Wheaton who brings the story to life with his perfect reading of the source material.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-2021

Not the best sequel

To follow such a great book is tough and this sequel does the usual sequel thing, disappoints.

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  • Elle
  • 05-01-2021

Worthy second book

I was very pleased - although surprised - to find a follow-up book to one of my favourites: Ready Player One. At first we follow Wade along for a catch-up of events. It's not as exciting as the world-building beginning of the previous book, rather quite a downer (albeit a necessary one for the story). It cleverly navigates the underdog-to-hero-to "live long enough to see yourself become the enemy" theme with its protagonist getting to display the characteristics, realise it and overall act very human. It could never be the same as the last book, and it doesn't pretend or aspire to be that. Still it tries to achieve some grandeur in other ways... it just somehow falls short. Where the first book had a red thread and divided its time wisely, this one feels less well executed. In some parts we get excruciating details while other - more interesting parts - are skimmed past. It makes for an uneven read. Cline has done his homework on the trivia once again, but much of the magic is lost. The frame story's premise also ruins what could've been another epic quest. A lot of the ingenuity that delighted me in the last one isn't there in this one. In the end I'm happy there was a second book, but I wish more time had been spent evening it out, and making it as magical as the previous one.

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  • GlenghisKhan
  • 26-11-2020

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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  • Spencer
  • 29-11-2020

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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  • Heisenberg
  • 25-11-2020

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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  • Antho
  • 25-11-2020

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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  • SUSAN
  • 25-11-2020

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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  • Ancelyn13
  • 28-11-2020

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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  • Gothambatsandbooks
  • 28-11-2020

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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  • Richard Woodrow
  • 29-11-2020

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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  • Starwarssteve
  • 28-11-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-2020

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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