*Spoiler-Free Review* Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Ready Player Two
by Ernest Cline
Rating: ★★★

Published by Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: 24th of November, 2020
Australian RRP: $32.99

“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.”

Picking up just days after the end of Ready Player One, after Wade Watts wins control of the OASIS by completing the scavenger hunt created by the late James Halliday. Wade and his friends are now the owners of the biggest company in the world and in control of the entire OASIS, especially Wade, who holds the Robes of Anorak, granting him godlike powers inside the OASIS.

I feel like in an attempt to stop Samantha’s character from being a weak female character in a heavily male character book the author instead made her some super-human unscathed by anything. It felt very unrealistic to me. Although, Wade did receive a fair amount of character development in this book and his character was greatly expanded on. Since the hunt for the ultimate prize was such a focus in the first book there wasn’t a great deal of character development, love story aside, so it was good to actually get to know these characters more. Especially after their shoot to fame and wealth, it was interesting to see how much it went to Wade’s head. However, I sympathise with him coming from a very small place with nothing to be an all powerful figure with unlimited power and a vast amount of money at his disposal.

The writing style, combining the third-person and first-person is the most impressive part of the book and how it wraps up the narration at the end as the story concludes. This really is a story told to the reader, the narration from the beginning comes to a close and brings the past forward too. There are already talks of this book becoming a sequel movie of course, and I think it will translate well to the screen. The author has also mentioned there may be a future book to come before or after this story. I feel like we already know so much about Halliday and the creation of the Oasis but maybe a first person recount would be an enjoyable read still.

(Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for a copy of Ready Player Two for an honest review. Ready Player Two is out now online and in stores!)

Thanks for reading!

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