Reviewed by Mher Arutyunyan, grade 9
Ready Player One has garnered much attention since its 2011 release date. Much of this attention and praise has come from gamers and fans of the '80s. A film adaptation is also currently in development with Jurassic Park and Jaws director Steven Spielberg attached. The novel is filled with references to '80s culture, including John Hughes films, video games, and other icons of the time period.
The character of Wade is a bit underdeveloped, and therein lies the problem with Ready Player One. Its characters and plot don't feel deep. Sometimes I even felt carelessness about the fate of Wade's friends. I wish that more time had been spent developing the characters and the story. That said, the book is a joy to read. The 372 pages flew by. Some parts of the book may seem underdeveloped, but it's fun to read. The '80s references never seem forced, and they perfectly complement the story and OASIS. OASIS also feels like something that could exist, thanks to Cline's understanding of video games. Many teens have flocked to the book, especially after the announcement of the upcoming film. I would highly recommend Ready Player One, especially to high schoolers who are fans of video games and the time period of the '80s. Its characters may seem underdeveloped and the plot isn't too deep, but it's an entertaining and amusing book to read, and you'll be hooked as soon as Wade jacks into OASIS. It earns a 4/5 from me.
Editor's note: This book was also popular with our high school book club, which read it in 2013. Here is my own review of the book, which appeared on the library's main blog. The library offers this as a book, an audio book, and an e-book. (And I imagine we will have the movie, too, if it ever comes out!)