I had so many mixed feelings about this book! I knew it was coming out pretty early in 2020 and after reading the first one during the summer I knew I needed to check out this one, I loved the first book. When it came to this book I didn’t know what to expect as the first one was wrapped up so nicely but I was willing to give it a chance because of how much I did love the first one but I’m honestly still trying to work out what I thought. But before we get too into that let’s talk about what it’s about.
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.
So in the beginning of the book it’s set just a couple of days after Ready Player One, Wade Watts is in his new home and the rest of the team have spread to the wind to go off and do their own thing. This is when Watts finds the vault and the new riddle and the new ‘technology’ that set off the whole story. Then in a matter of a page it’s 3 years later and I felt like it kind of came out of nowhere. I think what made this most jaring was it happened in the first couple of pages of the book yet Ernest Cline took time to explain things that had happened in a kind of flashback form with Watts telling us what happened after the first book instead of showing us, it was so frustrating and felt so rushed. I don’t mind an action packed opening but It’s not even like anything interesting was happening, we were just jumping around in time so fast.
But now onto something more positive, we’re going to call this an opposite Shit Sandwich because instead of having two nice things as bread we’re going to have two things I didn’t like as bread, stick around till the end to see what else I didn’t like!
I love pop culture references in books and of course this was full of 90s references! There was a whole second dedicated to John Hughes! I mean honestly, what’s more cool then that shit?! There was also a Prince world that was pretty cool but I’m not a huge Prince fan so didn’t get many of the references so that one kind of got boring pretty quick.
So I read a couple of reviews saying that they thought Watts had changed but I think the point was that he was disliked, he’s a twat! And I think that’s a nice reflection for the Halliday character. I get people who say Watts has changed but is that not what fame and fortune does?
All this being said I hated the ending, the whole level 6 second was just awful though the big end fight was pretty cool. I just wanted it to be so much more than it actually was, especially the stuff based outside of the Oasis.
All in all if you enjoyed Ready Player One it would be a shame not to check out this one but I do truly think there’s a lot that needs improving. I know for a fact this is a cash grab but as long as a few people enjoy it is it really doing any harm?
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