Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Published Date: July 14, 2015
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi; Young Aduly
Rating: 1 of 5 stars
I received Armada for free in exchange for a review from Blogging for Books.
Synopsis (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
When I had requested Armada from Blogging for Books, it was before I had read Ready Player One, back when Ernest Cline was getting a lot of praise and I still had high hopes for his novels. I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, I love novels about Aliens, I love Young Adult. There didn’t seem to be any room for not loving this book.
Then, I borrowed Ready Player One from a friend. Though I thought the premise was exceptional, and unique I found that this book just wasn’t for me. Generally I don’t mind information dumps, depending on the novel…and Cline has huge information dumps. Just like his first novel Cline doesn’t relent with bombardment of all things video game and 80s pop culture in Armada. I absolutely love the premise of this novel, but I can’t get through the information splurges to really finish Armada. I just don’t have enough interest in the video game world or 80s pop culture. I will pass this book on to someone who is better equipped to give it the love it deserves.