Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Page Count: 370
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could.
Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure.
So when he sees the flying saucer, he’s sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness.
Especially because the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled Armada–in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.
As impossible as it seems, what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And it’s just the first in a blur of revlations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth’s history, its future, even his own life–and to play the hero for real, with humanity’s life in the balance.
But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking: Doesn’t something about this scenario feel a little bit like…well…fiction?
At once reinventing and paying homage to science-fiction classics as only Ernest Cline can, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before.
Someone please tell me why I waited so long to read Armada by Ernest Cline. Ready, Player, One is easily one of my favorite books but for some reason I put this one off. While it’s not quite up there with RPO it was still a great read.
In Armada Zack Lightman is a high school student who loves his video games. When his mother pressures him to think about the future he claims he’ll be happy staying in his job at the local video game store.
One day at school Zack happens to see something in the sky outside that has his mind spinning. There in the sky is one of the ships straight out of his favorite video game. Now Zack doesn’t know what to believe but what he never expected was the ship to be real and to be recruited into saving the Earth.
Within the opening pages it was immediately apparent Armada was going to dive right back into the eighties the same way RPO had. Before finishing chapter 1 I’m singing Crazy Train and scolding myself to pay attention so I knew I would enjoy this one to some degree. Which brings me to why only four stars, well the story isn’t overly original as a lot of it compared to one of the very same movies it mentions, The Last Starfighter. Ernest Cline put his own twist onto the video game training for war trope though and it really was a fun read overall that I enjoyed.
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About the author:
ERNEST CLINE is an internationally best-selling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels Ready Player One and Armada and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.