FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF READY PLAYER ONE, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
'[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?
Armada 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 the epic follow-up to READY PLAYER ONE:
‘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
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We had a blast reading the second novel by Ernest Cline, author of the 2011 bestseller Ready Player One. While staring out his classroom window, Zack Lightman spies a Sobrukai Glaive, an interstellar fighter vessel from his favourite video game. So begins a wild adventure that’s part sci-fi, part family drama, with Zack simultaneously tracking an alien invasion and the fuzzy circumstances surrounding the father he never knew. Fizzing with pop culture references and wonderfully geeky humour, Armada is a propulsive story that involves teenage angst, small-town xenophobia, the joys of gaming and billions of drones.
What if the X-Files were a "fictional alien cover-up created to conceal real one"? Cline (Ready Player One) makes this kind of paranoia intriguing in an SF novel whose strong opening compensates for a less gripping ending. After Zack Lightman's father died in an accident, the teen distracted himself with gaming, achieving one of the world's top scores in a human vs. alien invaders game called Armada. To Zack's astonishment, one morning he looks out of his classroom window in Beaverton, Wash., and sees a Sobrukai Glaive, one of the enemy ships from that game. Skeptical of his own senses, Zack flees school to take a more careful look at his father's writings, only to find an unsettling level of conspiracy thinking. Zack soon finds the connection between his vision and his father's theories, at which point the story becomes more conventional and less imaginative. The plot holes get harder to ignore as the conclusion approaches, but the book's beginning offers glimpses of Cline's significant potential.
Customer ReviewsSee All
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.
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.
Designed to be a mediocre movie
Quite good, as YA fiction, not much good otherwise.
It’s clearly designed to be a movie, with conventional plot points and scenes that fall easily into things that can be shown on screen.
And even though it references pop culture without attribution (you’re clearly meant to google them) it fails by mixing references to obscure nerd culture with Enders game Mary Sue shenanigans - which is a problem, because anyone who gets the geek references also gets the optimism bias.
As the plot developed, and the ludicrous coincidences piled up (of course his dad is the mad scientist/war hero he gets to meet at one particularly contrived point) I thought that was what was happening.
And that, the ludicrous coincidences would be revealed to be the underlying theme. And it kind of is, but abstracted to the plot layer (the alien invasion is ironic) not the character arc.
But that’s not it, it’s not a wish fulfilment dream of a suburban wastrel getting validated for playing games, but it is. Just not in a satisfying way.
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it. And so will my sons. And I’ll probably watch the movie when it’s on Netflix.