Read: Armada by Ernest Cline

armada I loved, loved Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If one could marry a book, this would be “the one” for me. So, when I saw Armada in the book shop (well, a department store in The Hague, to be precise), I had to buy it straight away, even though I should not buy any more books.

I read it during the Readathon (April 2016), and it was OK. It was OK. That’s it. Unbelievable and a little childish – as in, boy dreams come true – and I never really suspended disbelief. What a pity after the great, great RPO! It reminded me of Ender’s Game, which works great as a movie, and I’m sure Armada would (will!), but I wasn’t convinced this is a great book for adults.

The publisher says: “As [the novel] opens, high-school student Zack Lightman glances out his classroom window and spots a UFO. At first he thinks he’s going crazy. A minute later he’s sure of it, because the 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 Earth from alien invaders.  

Zack is sure he’s lost his mind. But 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 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? 


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4 Responses to Read: Armada by Ernest Cline

  1. Thanks for the warning – will skip reading it.

  2. I loved Ready Player One as well but this sounds like it won’t appeal to me as much.

  3. Leslie says:

    I listened to this one and the narration (by the wonderful Wil Wheaton) and the geeky references saved it for me.

  4. Laurie C says:

    I keep forgetting about Armada, although I loved Ready Player One on audio, so I have just downloaded the audio of Armada from the library and will try listening to it instead of reading it, and see what I think! I’ll come back to read your whole review then!

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