Published by Crown Publishing on July 14th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
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Also by this author: Ready Player One
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.
5 reasons to read Armada
- It involves video games! I’m not a big gamer, but I love watching The Hubs play.
- Aliens??? Count me in.
- Action and adventure.
- Characters that come together regardless of race, gender, age! I loved how many types of people there were. Each person contributed to the story, and I loved every single one of them.
- Super advanced ships. I need one of the drones they fly. Except I need it to be able to carry me! Talk about getting somewhere fast!
I enjoyed so much of this story. The imagination, the battles, all of it. The characters were amazing, and had their own reasons for joining the fight. All around another great story from Cline.
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