I just finished this novel and had to hop on here right away so that I can give you a fresh review lol.
OH. MY. GOODNESS.
Before you waste your time here, I’m going to let you know that this is a novel for the nerds. If you’re even the slightest bit geeky, you might actually enjoy this! It’s obviously about video games and such, hence “Ready Player Two”. So if you’re not into that kind of stuff, read no further!
This is the second book to a book called “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline (shocking title, I know). It was turned into a movie and it was really good! If you’ve seen that and enjoyed it, you’ll want to read the second book. You could even read the first one before reading the second one, because I believe the book is always better than the movie! I love Ernest Cline’s writing. These books are so much fun to read.
You know me and know that I don’t really like to give away too much, but here’s a quick synopsis. It’s like the year 2046 and the world is a mess (sound familiar lol?). This guy named James Halliday and his best bud Ogden Morrow create this extreme alternate reality online where everyone can escape and just live a better life. It was designed by them and Og’s wife, Kira, and they’ve made all these interesting worlds based on they’re favourite things growing up. It’s called the “OASIS”, and inside the OASIS are multiple dimensions or planets where you can go on quests and experience a reality completely different to what you would on Earth. There’s a planet that’s created solely around the artist formerly known as Prince, based on all his work and what he loved when he was alive. There’s a Lord of the Rings planet that you can also teleport to whenever you want. See what I mean by geeky? There’s also a place where you can reenact or witness all of the John Hughes movies going on at once! It’ll take you to the high school in Pretty In Pink, the Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, etc. I didn’t know they used the same high school and basically the same neighbourhood for most of these movies but they did!
Obviously it’s not all fun and games though. In the first novel, Wade Watts and his friends finished the ultimate quest that James Halliday left after he died. After winning, they inherited everything that was in James Halliday’s possession. This included a ton of money, a huge house, and an interesting headset that attaches to your brain/mind and allows you to experience and feel everything in the OASIS as if it were real. It connects your full conscious to the OASIS! Before it was just like a VR video game, so this a game-changer. But with the new perks comes new problems as well. This unlocks a whole new quest, with a whole new bunch of challenges. It’s thrilling! Honestly, if I wasn’t so busy with crocheting, work, and keeping my mental health in check, I would have finished this book in a day! I loved it.
I wish I could tell you more about it but I want you to read this so bad (if you’re a nerd like me). Like this isn’t even half of the story! I didn’t do it any justice, I’m sorry. But please take my recommendation and try this book for yourself! With the way the world is today, I think we all need this little escape. I mean, the plot of this book seems too familiar if you get what I mean. I kind of wish there was an OASIS that I could use right about now.
This book made me feel similar feelings that I had when I read Harry Potter books, the Twilight series, The Shannara Chronicles, etc. It’s just fun and it’s just what I needed.
I might be too generous but I give this book a 5/5 star rating.
If you end up reading these books, please let me know! I’d love to chat about them!
I hope you’re all well!
Until next time,
– Tiny ❤