Non-reading Gamers Have Met their Match!

Summary:

To escape his terrible life in the 'Stacks,' Wade Watts escapes into Oasis, a virtual reality game. Wade is trying to solve a very important puzzle that could change his life. When James Halliday (the game's creator) died, he made an announcement to the world. As stated in his will, he left "easter eggs" within the Oasis game. Whoever finds all three clues will inherit Halliday's entire company and fortune. Now, five years since that announcement, we are there when Wade discovers the first clue ... and the whirlwind that follows. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
I found this book because of my brother. He doesn't usually enjoy reading, but he finished Ready Player One in three days. I found it to be very engaging. I am not an expert on the 1980s myself, but I enjoyed the novel and its 1980s references nonetheless. Cline explains most of the stuff so it was fine. The story is very entertaining. It also has some interesting themes about collaboration, servitude, friendship, and identity. 

Because of sexual, smoking, and alcohol references, ‘trash talk’ between the gamers, violence, and atheistic assertions, I recommend this for readers 14 and older.  There is some game violence as well as mention of a character being thrown out of a window. 

Ready Player One could be a great gift to tempt a gamer or anyone interested in the 1980s into reading a novel. I am a girl and I enjoyed the book very much. Even though it may be aimed more toward boys, it is a fun read for teens and adults, especially those who lived through the '80s will enjoy a lot.


Pros:

Teens and young adults who prefer gaming over reading may have met their match with Ready Player One. 

Cons:

Although they do not impact the story, there are sexual references (blow-up sex dolls, online brothels, and masturbation). The trash talk between players and violent events in the games may also be offensive to some readers. Our teen notes that Cline talks about how there is no God, which may also be offensive to some readers.


Type of Book:
This dystopian fantasy is set in the 2040's but also takes readers back to the 1980's.
Reading Level:
6.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow.

Title Ready Player One
Author Ernest Cline
Publisher Crown Books for Young Readers, Imprint Penguin Random House Canada © 2011
ISBN 9780307887436
Material Paperback
Genres Adventure, Science Fiction
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