Ready Player One

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
Ready Player One Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 15+

Exciting, funny, futuristic thriller about online games.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 99 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Stands out for .

Community Reviews

age 12+

Can't get enough - have read 3x

I've read this book three times. I read it after it was made into a movie, but before I saw the movie. I see why so many wanted it to be translated to screen, Ernest Cline writes so viscerally you feel this, it reads so visually in my mind. And while the movie needs to appreciated separately (like a story within this world), they are wholly different in my opinion (as often happens). This book is a true 80's nerds dream. The specific references to D&D (books or Gygax himself) and the real video game easter eggs, or the movie walk throughs...It makes you long for this reality (though, not from Zuckerberg's Meta thank-you-very-much). Or take me back to my childhood (or young readers get to experience a fantasy version of our childhoods). I can't bring myself to read the sequel only because the original has such a strong place in my heart now. Maybe some day, but for now, I can't recommend this book highly enough. And I will be letting my tween children read it.
age 13+

this is the best book ever made!

if your a horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Romance like me. then read this! I don't even care if your a kid. this book is for nerds, geeks and any body. the f word is said a lot, but I hate to break it to you, but your kids probably say the f word a lot to while playing video games. And the sex talk is kind of bad, but it's more ACTION then SEX. this book also has a lot of consumerism.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Click to see more titles about STEM
    STEM
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate