Armada

Armada

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF READY PLAYER ONE 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Struggling to complete his final month of high school only to glimpse a UFO that exactly resembles an enemy ship from his favorite video game, Zack questions his sanity before becoming one of millions of gamers tasked with protecting the Earth during an alien invasion.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804137263
0804137269
Characteristics: 1 online resource (355 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Like many, I decided to check this out based on my enjoyment of Ready Player One. It should be said right off the bat that this is no Ready Player One.

Ernest Cline is a fun author but I feel like with Armada he is catering to a very particular audience. Where references to pop-culture, nerd culture, sci-fi, fantasy, and 80s culture were integral to RP1's overall plot, here they seem a bit more forced. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy these references as I feel like I'm the type of person Cline is writing this book for (fanboys and nerds) but when they do little to nothing to serve the plot they start to become distracting and I feel those who read this who are more casual fans will feel out of the loop and lost.

Overall, Armada is a mildly entertaining read with a plot that is basically The Last Starfighter meets Ender's Game meets basically any alien invasion film you've seen in the past 50 years. Ernest Cline's writing style will find you breezing through it in a short amount of time much like with RP1. But if you're not a nerd or a gamer I'm afraid you'll feel left out.

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Sam_Stewart
Mar 30, 2018

After school Zack works at the local game shop and protects the universe in his favorite game Armada. Obsession grips our hero after the passing of his father and he is on the verge of a psychological breakdown when he learns that everything is not as it seems.

Recommend as an easy weekend homage to science fiction.

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a_inman33
Feb 02, 2018

I read this book because I loved Ready Player One, but this book was not nearly as special. It is very slow, and uses many of the same 80's references from Ready Player One. If you are looking for an exciting read this is not it.

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800kw0rm_31337
Nov 14, 2017

Save yourself the time & don't bother with this one. All the pop-culture references in the world are no substitute for a plot, & this plot is so worn-out that you could easily mistake it for a trope. The protagonist has all the depth & personality of a plastic kiddie pool, so by the end I found myself wishing he'd be killed off just for verisimilitude. I humbly recommend the Last Starfighter or Ender's Game instead.

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isaachar
Jul 01, 2017

Its no sequel to 'Ready Player One' in spirit or content, but when viewed on its own merits, Armada is OK. Pretty good even...maybe. The plot is really similar to The Last Starfighter, with a lot of elements of the first Independence Day movie wrapped in. I suppose you can call it an 'homage'. Reading through, I thought this book would work better as a Disney XD or Pixar movie (with the adult suggestive themes toned down or cut out). Maybe even a Netflix original movie. The ending was a bit underwhelming. Not so much the fast paced action that lead up to the end, but the revelation of what the threat really was. It was interesting, but felt very unsatisfying.

I wouldn't recommend reading this if you read RP1 and want something similar. But if you enjoy average level action science fiction, you might enjoy Armada.

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kwsmith
Apr 30, 2017

Ernest Cline's first book, *Ready Player One* is a classic modern science fiction novel destined to become a major motion picture directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. *Armada,* Ernest Cline's second book, is sometimes entertaining but ultimately fails to live up to the awesome legacy spawned by *Ready Player One.* This book is full of obscure pop culture references, over-blown cliches, and plot holes large enough to swallow an entire fleet of Cylon raiders. I really don't mind the obscure pop culture references, but I was expecting a more creative story instead of a bland rehash of *The Last Starfighter.* Here's hoping that Cline can surge back from this ugly mess with *Ready Player Two!*

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zcbaker
Mar 12, 2017

Not a bad book. Following Ready Player One with any book would be a hard feat. That in mind, the pacing of this book is really odd. It is slower to start, but then rushes through the end of the book once you get about 2/3rds of the way through. Definitely better for middle school, and early high school ages in general. If you read it, just don't go in expecting the same quality as ready player one and you will be able to enjoy it a little more.

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alexisbosse33
Mar 08, 2017

This is really not very good. It feels like a novel comprised entirely of nerd fan service. Poor dialogue forced full of sci fi references, unrealistic scenarios, dumb plot.
Ready Player One is good. I would stop after reading that and skip this one.

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Turtwigpo
Nov 27, 2016

First of all, it's genuinely impossible to compare this with a book like Ready Player One, and that's probably why there are so many negative reviews. Overall, it started out pretty good, but I felt that the ending was rushed.

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Ichijo
Nov 10, 2016

Genuinely surprised at the negative reviews, I get the feeling some people didn't realize Ready Player One was a science-fiction novel with a very strong geek/gamer flavor. This one takes those themes and runs with it, the book is like a mix of Ender's Game and The Last Starfighter with a very heavy focus on games and gamer culture.

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Aug 21, 2016

"Here lies Xvaier Ulysess Lightman 1980 - 2018, beloved husband, father and son. He saved humanity from annihilation "You're Welcome".

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WijayaG
Aug 29, 2015

"A recording of a young girl's voice began to play on the soundtrack. 'You have desecrated our most sacred temple,' the child's voice intoned in a flat inflectionless tone. 'For this there can be no forgiveness. We are coming to kill you all.'"

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