Armada [Review]

Posted October 21, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Armada [Review]Armada by Ernest Cline
Published by Crown Publishing on July 14th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Pages: 349
Format: Hardcover
Source: Blogging for Books
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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.

Title: Armada
Author: Ernest Cline
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Cross-Over
Pages: 349
Published By: Crown Publishing on July 14, 2015
Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge

**I received a copy of this from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.**

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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.
(Goodreads)

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I haven’t read Ready Player One yet, but I want to. And after reading this book, I want to read it even more! I have heard some mixed feelings about this book. Especially from the people who read Ready Player One first. Quite a few people do not think that this is as good as Ready Player One. So, maybe it is a good thing that I haven’t read it yet.

I was a little nervous going into this one, because even though I’m a nerd, I’m not all that nerdy. I’m more BookNerd and WordNerd than I am full on Nerd. However, even though I didn’t know some of the references, I didn’t feel deterred from reading the rest of the book or enjoying the story. Granted, I did ask my fiance to interpret what some of the references were, but not because I needed to know it for the book, but because I wanted to know them. I felt the need to learn more and he is a total math and science nerd.

I enjoyed Zack as a character. I liked that at the beginning (even though he thought he was going crazy because he saw a flying saucer) he stuck up for someone who was being bullied. I really admire those kinds of qualities. I would hope that my own children in the future would be strong enough and bold enough to stick up for people, when they can’t stick up for themselves. So, right off the bat, I liked Zack.

I really like the fact that even though this is Young Adult, it has SO much Cross Over appeal. People of all ages can love and enjoy this book. And I’m sure the same goes for Ready Player One which will be on my list to read before the movie comes out! I say give this one a shot.

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read Armada? Or Ready Player One? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
four-stars
Stephanie
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