Ready Player One is one of my all time favourite books and when I first heard that a sequel was coming I was in two minds. I thought the ending off RP1 was more than good enough and didn’t need anything added but at the same time I wanted more of this world, so what did I think?
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 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.
Taken from goodreads
Instantly as soon as I was back in this world I was loving everything all over again, the memories of reading the first book came back instantly and I knew I was putting this book down until I finished it. You get to see how Wade and the rest of the High Five group are doing with their new found fame and money and what they have been doing in the three years since the first book finished. I love this, I did want to see how the relationship between Samatha and Wade was going to go, as well as what Aech and Shoto were going to do with their money.
The world building is once again fantastic, just like you would both expect and need in a book based around a game with an unlimited amount of worlds. The different planets that we get taken through are described well, making it easy to imagine yourself there.
Having included a few modern day problems and including them into this futuristic world I think was a brilliant idea. These problems are sexism, racism and transphobia and showing the world what could potentially happen sometime in the future was great to see.
I do love the character development of Wade, how he is at the beginning of the book and towards the end are basically two different people and I enjoyed going on that journey with him.
I think this is a great sequel to a book that was originally a stand alone and I think the new journey that you get taken on through Ernest Cline’s words are fantastic, I do just hope they don’t make a Ready Player 3 as I think that would be a little too much.