It’s December, which means it’s time for our Book Club to review a monthly read and Candice has been reading a book set in a virtual reality universe…
Ready Player Two
Before I start any review, I also read a few to get a consensus of what other people thought, and I’ve seen some poor opinions of this book. Personally, I disagree.
The reason I love Ernest Cline’s work, despite its “flaws” is because to me it has what I like to call the “black mirror” effect. Most people have watched Black Mirror on Netflix, which takes small aspects of life and pushes them to extreme lengths to prove a point about society. I have always worried about the effects of technology and where it may lead us in the future, and for me Cline’s work gives us a peak of that future.
He poses a world that becomes so obsessed with virtual reality, that real life problems become so obsolete that famine and poverty takeover and we are already living in a decade where kids barely look up from their phones – think about that.
The book picks up straight after the first book (Ready Player One) where Wade Watts and his his clan, the High Five find themselves at the helm of Gregarious Simulation Systems, the corporation that runs the OASIS.
Watts discovers a new technology left by James Halliday that enables people to plug their brains directly into the simulation, as an alternative to experiencing the OASIS through VR goggles. When the High Five release the device for mass-production, it unlocks another quest left by Halliday, which only two players are able to complete – Halliday’s heir, Wade Watts and former founder of Gregarious Games, Ogden Morrow.
The widespread roll out of this new technology threatens the OASIS when Watts and his friends find themselves at war with a rogue artificial intelligence, who is holding them and everyone else logged in to the simulation hostage. With only 12 hours on the clock, Watts must complete the quest left by Halliday before the AI kills them and everyone logged into the OASIS.
How the f*ck do you negotiate with a piece of software?Ernest Cline, Ready Player Two
The book is very much like the first, it does follow Wade Watts, and his friends on a quest through the OASIS using multiple pop-culture references from the 80s. So, the book itself has a definite sense of nostalgia, if you’ve grown up watching movies, or listening to music from that era. However, if the decade is of no interest to you then I will assume the book will be too, because the references make up a majority of it – for a book about the further, it spend a lot of time in the past.
Overall, the books focus on the unrequited love between Kira Underwood and James Halliday. There is a lot established about James Halliday in the first book, we know he’s awkward in social situations and that he’s in love with his best friends wife. The second book explores this unrequited love further.
If there is one thing I can credit Cline with, it his it’s ability to bring his characters to life, his attention to detail and his ability to take you on an adventure. There were times I just couldn’t put this book down and found myself reading for hours – plus there is a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.
– Candice Farrow, Co-Founder
What have you been reading this month?