Great ideas and a thrilling story, but the execution is less than desirable.
Ready Player One throws us into the amazing world of the Oasis, a virtual reality video game that has taken the place of actual reality in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. Wade Watts, or Parzival his avatar in the game, must solve the many puzzles left by the game's creator, Halliday, in order to find the Easter egg and win Halliday's competition. The winner would receive billions of dollars and become the owner of Halliday's company and the Oasis itself.
The book is filled with pop-culture 80's references. All of the puzzles are based on strange and sometimes obscure references from that time period. As someone who did not grow up in that period, but had parents that did, I got about half of them (although I would never have been able to solve the puzzles). From Lady Hawk to D&D, many adult readers will have a smile on their face as the story progresses through all the references.
When it comes to writing, Ready Player One is nothing special. It has a few characters that are entertaining and a great backstory, but nothing else was very impressive. We give it a rating of 30/50 for writing.
As for what parents need to know, this book is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 18. It is full of more swear words than could be found in a PG-13 movie, and it has both sexual references and humanistic ideologies. Being that most of the story takes place in a video game, the violence is not that great, but the rest of the book has too much for us to recommend it.
Swearing- 5/5 multiple F's, S's throughout, D's and H's thrown in, and other slang used as insults.
Sexual content- 3/5 there are no described scenes, but themes such as masturbation and brothels are talked about.
Violence- 2/5 the violence is mainly in a video game. One character in the real world does get murdered by being thrown off a roof (wasn't described in a gruesome way) and the main character's house explodes with people inside.
Ideologies- 3/5 Humanistic ideas added in. The main character spends some time, near the beginning, to explain what "he believes." (No God and such).
We here at Hunt's Publishing do not recommend this book for anyone. If an adult wanted to read a poorly written story, then sure, but other than that, nope!