I read the new book Ready Player Two.
It is not very good. It is very similar to the first book: a treasure hunt, created by an eccentric tech genius, and the clues involve a dedicated memorization of 1980s pop culture. This time around, the clues revolve around the arcade game Sega Ninja, John Hughes films (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink), the music of Prince, and Tolkien's Middle Earth.
Since I haven't seen nearly all John Hughes films or listened to most Prince songs, most of the references flew right by me. The pop culture references overall were kept at a minimum compared to the first book, which is fine by me.
Two of the main characters have become more unlikable: the lead Wade has become more reclusive and isolated due to his abrasive behavior and using his CEO status to misuse his power, and the aforementioned tech genius Halliday is revealed to be much more sociopathic and uncaring.
The book could have been better if it focused on some of the plot threads it introduced (AI runs amok, the new character L0hengrin and her team, using the OASIS tech to deal with the problems of the world) or if it was a prequel about the OASIS founders, but instead just another Easter egg hunt.
I sorta enjoyed Ready Player One
...but I have already decided not to read Ready Player Two.
I recognized that it could be a bummer...and I appreciate your comments confirming that.
I actually enjoyed the Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga
. The books obviously were written for a much younger audience than my age group, but I love vampire stories. Adults could read them with at least some degree of interest.
I am about half way through Midnight Sun, supposedly the saga from Edward Cullen's perspective. I was apprehensive about reading it.
BOY, I wish I had listened to my apprehension...or that I had read commentary on it similar to what you wrote here about Ready Player Two before shelling out my $15.
It obviously was written with a 10 year-old audience in mind.
What a sad, sad attempt at writing!
What a sad waste of $15.