Book Review: Ready Player Two

When was the last time I totally bashed on a book? Gave it a 1 star rating? Never, really, because if a book was that bad or such a bore, I wouldn’t be able to finish it. I don’t even know how I finished Ready Player Two. I’m surprised at myself. (I suspect it was being stuck on a 6 hour flight and only with my Kindle as entertainment.)

Ready Player Two may be the biggest disappointment in sequel history. This book goes down in my reading history as the book that was written purely for making the author money and has no storytelling/entertainment value. Goodbye fan-base! The first third of the book dragged on with Wade Watts feeling sorry and mopey with himself for his breakup, and we’re supposed to feel sorry for him or what? No, no I do not sympathize nor care that his girlfriend broke up with him. Are we trying to redeem him from the first book or something? It’s ok, Ernest Cline, protagonists can still be jerks, but let’s have his actions redeem him, not his sappy thoughts about his failed love life.

Not only was there a lack of character development or any kind of interesting thing happening to our main character, Cline spends sooo much time reminding us of how the the Ready Player One world was/is. Dropping in acronyms, adding new ones – gah, move on with it! This world isn’t that hard to understand, and the time spent elaborating on nothing was pointless. Especially for a sequel!

Then! We finally get to the quest! Wade Watts discovers this new thing left behind by Halliday and he must find the 7 Shards! OK … I guess. But seriously, the quest was interrupted by details that I certainly don’t care about and was not interesting. The old relationship/love-triangle with Halliday and his best friend and the best friend’s girl… [insert eyeroll]

I honestly don’t know how I was able to keep going with this book. At some point, I did start falling asleep on my plane ride … But I woke up and chugged along. The last third of the book was boring and full of nerdy, gaming details – paragraphs and paragraphs of the author’s fanboy dreams of games we don’t care about. There’s Prince … Tolkien … a few other smaller names. Seriously, there were so many paragraphs you can skip entirely, and you would not have missed a thing in terms of character develop or plot progress. Ready Player One didn’t have that much character development either (there was a tad more), but the world was interesting, and it was action filled and that kept me as a reader interested in what was to come next. In this sequel, the world remains about the same and there’s just nothing new here. I hope there will not be a Ready Player Two movie because that will be a huge waste of money.

I highly NOT recommend.

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