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Critic Corner – Ready Player One

Austin Kizer, Staff Reporter

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Looking for a great book to read, however, you just can’t choose from the million of titles outScreen Shot 2016-02-17 at 2.10.29 PM there? Well, welcome to the Critic Corner, the place where we review books for you!

Today I’m going to be reviewing “Ready Player One,” a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline. To start, however, here is a brief summary according to goodreads.com, “In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

This book has an average of 4.31 stars out of 5 according to Goodreads. Now that you know a bit about the book, here’s a little professional review according to Kirkus, which says, “Video-game players embrace the quest of a lifetime in a virtual world; screenwriter Cline’s first novel is old wine in new bottles.” Kirkus even goes on saying, “Too much puzzle-solving, not enough suspense.” So, that was a professional opinion, however, that is most definitely not how I feel.

The puzzle solving intrigues the readers and, in my opinion, there is no need for suspense. While this book has a level of mystery with the puzzle solving, any other suspense would be unnecessary. Also, while it’s true that virtual realities are becoming frequent in many science fiction stories nowadays, there are many things that set this book apart from the rest. There are the countless references to 80s films, games, and tv shows, which is interesting because it ties this fictional world and reality together giving the reader something they can personally connect/relate to and maybe even recognize. Then there is competition going on throughout the story which adds action, mystery, and a little romance, too, that makes this book enjoyable for all readers! If I had to give this book a star rating, I would give it a 4.6 out of 5, for while it is a great book, there are some things that don’t bring it near perfect.

Did you agree with this review? Have a book you want reviewed? Post your thoughts in the comments!


Written By: Austin Kizer




Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. New York: Crown, 2011. Print.

Goodreads. “Ready Player One.” Goodreads. Goddreads, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

“READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline | Kirkus Reviews.” Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Reviews, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2016.


“Ready Player One.” Flickr. Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.


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Austin Kizer is currently an 8th grader at LJH. His hobbies include reading, writing, and riding his bike. In Mass Media, his skills mainly concern, but...


9 Responses to “Critic Corner – Ready Player One”

  1. Carrie on February 18th, 2016 9:09 am

    I enjoy reading your articles. I like how you had a great introduction and how it caught the readers attention. I like how you added how much the book was rated out of 5 stars. I also like how you gave your own opinion on the book.

  2. Skye on February 18th, 2016 9:11 am

    I like how you put a professional’s opinion and than your own it gives the readers of this article more than one point of view. I also like how you put a summary from Goodreads before you put your opinion also. Finally I like how you put good and bad things about the book.

  3. Micah Young on February 18th, 2016 9:59 am

    I really liked reading this article! I like how you introduced the article. It starts off the article and makes it interesting to read. I think that any article is very good with a good introduction, and you did that!

  4. Brianna on February 18th, 2016 10:06 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article it was very well done. I really liked how you put a professionals opinion in it that was very interesting. I really like how you put negatives and positives about the book which is cool that you were being honest. Really great job on this article I really enjoyed reading it.

  5. Grace on February 18th, 2016 10:06 am

    You did a very smooth job intertwining your opinion with what the book was about. Overall, very nice job summarizing and giving your opinion. I also love the intro. You had a very nice balance of what you liked and disliked about the book. Very nice critique and I look forward to seeing more.

  6. Jacob Kowatch on February 18th, 2016 10:13 am

    I enjoyed reading this article. I like how you listed details about the book, such as the pros and cons of it. Amazing work on this article it, I loved the comparisons between your review and the publishers!

  7. Kayley on February 18th, 2016 10:57 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article it was very well written. I really liked how you put a professionals opinion in this article, so that was very interesting. I really like how you put negatives and positives about the book which is cool that you were being honest. Really great job on this article I really enjoyed reading it!

  8. Diego Martinez on February 18th, 2016 11:01 am

    I enjoyed reading the two professional reviews and also your review. Also I like how you showed us what professionals rated it on a five star scale and then you rated it yourself. Also I’d like you to do a review on any of the star trek books.

  9. Katie Machlan on February 18th, 2016 2:28 pm

    Your first paragraph really caught my attention. I right away thought this must be a good article just from reading the first couple sentences. I also like how instead of using only professional opinions you added your own opinions. Overall it is really well written.

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