From the author of READY PLAYER ONE

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Publisher Description

'[A] masterful tale of Earth's desperate struggle against a powerful alien foe.' - Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom-if he can make it that long without getting suspended again.

Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy.

A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO 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.

But what Zack'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.

Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too... familiar?

is at once 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 author Ernest Cline's trademark pop-culture savvy.

Here's what everyone's saying about this epic masterpiece:

'a modern classic' - R.M. Rangeley on Amazon, 5 stars

'A modern masterpiece full of a new style of literary magic' - Spiros Kagadis on Amazon, 5 stars

'Excellent. Even better than Ready Player One.' - David Hay on Amazon, 5 stars

'One of my favourite books of all time. Incredibly well written' - Erin Coppin on Amazon, 5 stars

'Awesome! If you liked Ready Player One, would be very surprised if you don't like this' - T. Llewellyn-Sanders on Amazon, 5 stars

'Absolutely awesome!!! Read in less than 24 hours, hooked on every page' - R. Nicholson on Amazon, 5 stars

'Amazing and a great follow up read to Ready Player One!' - Chris on Amazon, 5 stars

'an incredible story which had me on the edge of my seat the whole time... a joy to read' - Helen Ratcliffe on Amazon, 5 stars

'Cline brings you back to all those amazing, unbelievable things you imagined could happen as a kid and makes them real' - Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

'Absolutely brilliant! Couldn't put it down, a must read' - Sam Bean on Amazon, 5 stars

'a love letter to old school alien invasion sci-fi... Highly, HIGHLY recommended for all fans of Cline's previous novel, Ready Player One, as well as any classic science fiction fan' - Izzy on Amazon, 5 stars

Ernest Cline is celebrating this culture in a way that's not just adding another book to the genre, but actually truly celebrating it, the possibilities, wonders and madness of it all' - Heather on Amazon, 5 stars

'majorly, fantastically geeky... Armada just ticked all my boxes' - H. Ross on Amazon, 5 stars

This book has been published with two different covers and may be delivered with either cover. Please rest assured that regardless of the cover, the content of the book is the same.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
16 July
Random House

Customer Reviews

SpandexElephant ,


Another fantastic read from Ernest Cline. As with his previous book Ready Player One he has been able to draw inspiration and references from worlds of gaming, film and literature. Some references are heavily signposted others are more subtle.

If your a bit of a geek you will love this.

Lodgey ,

Imaginative but?

I applaud the author of this book and Ready Player One for his imagination and actually both books are bit of a fond trip down memory lane.

However, you do have to take them for what they are. They do read like a 14 year old boys hormonal fantasies. Having said that, they do have an appeal.

And Tim. I think you will find the usual order of the saying "fool me once" is actually the other way round.

Kris0D ,

This book is bad, like the feeling Han had in Star Wars

One of the worst books I’ve ever read. The only talent the author seems to have is watching a lot of media, then saying that the things in his books look like the things he has seen. The plot is ripped wholesale from existing properties with no expansion or evolution, and no themes besides “media good, people who watch and play media also good”. Coupled with every character apart from the hot gamer girl friend/mother being a clear self-insert of himself, the whole book doesn’t even try to hide that it is nothing but Ernest Cline’s vehicle to live out his own personal fantasies, and be validated for those fantasies. Ready Player One, while also bad, at least had an excuse for its over-reliance on pop culture references: the story relied on them. In Armada this same reliance just makes it clear that Cline cannot use descriptive language or metaphors without comparing them to properties that other, more talented artists actually put effort into. The book is also atrociously formatted, with bewildering pacing, repetition, plot holes and character inconsistencies, but I can understand and almost forgive this, because I cannot even imagine an editor succeeding in the Herculean task of making this readable. Even fans of Ready Player One are going to struggle to find anything worthwhile in this self-insert fan fiction, they’d be better off using their time to watch the films that Cline is going to spend 300 pages referencing

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