Book Review: Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline

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Author: Ernest Cline

Release Date: July 14th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction/Fiction/Young Adult

Pages: 349

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I was staring out the classroom window and daydreaming of adventure when I spotted the flying saucer.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

ReviewYES!! I loved this book. We are Zack Lightman, always staring off wishing something amazing would come sweep us away. We also keep in mind that our parents have always told us “Be careful what you wish for.” Of course, this book is probably one of the greatest examples as to why we should be careful what we wish for.

I was worried that Ready Player One was just beginners luck and that this book was going to be boring and just a job to hurry and finish so that I could review it. But I was also terribly excited to finally have my hands on this book because of the awesomeness that was (is) Ready Player One. Tell you what, it was just as good. Maybe it is my love for the 80’s and all the amazing reverences to all things that I love. I forgot to note it, but there was a reference to something that made my little nerd heart sing in joy at the mention of it. Don’t hate, the only reason I can’t remember exactly is because there was so much in this book.

I am not a gamer, so I did not go into this book thinking like a gamer, but it did make me question the truth behind gaming and the people who put in countless hours playing games. But as someone who lets her imagination run away with her, this book is everything I could ever want in life.

The only thing that I can say may be concerning is how much this book did put me in the mind of Ender’s Game, but really, I didn’t care. Ender’s Game was mentioned in the book…so I’m completely okay with it.

Honestly, I am glad that I didn’t read the reviews on this book before I read it. There seems to be a lot of hate towards the book and I for one loved it. Would I read it again? YES! Will I recommend this to my friends? YES! Actually, I will letting my brother borrow it.

I won’t lie, there were a few boring places, but what book doesn’t have a boring moment?

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