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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.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780804137256
Characteristics: 355 pages


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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.

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.

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.

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!*

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.

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.

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.

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.

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

So, I'm going to try to not compare this with Ready Player One too much because they obviously are different books but when you look at the fun, cohesive, character driven, compelling story line of Ready Player One you can't help but be disappointed with this read. After a strong start with getting to know Zack and introducing what promises to be a quirky and silly story filled with supergeek qualities, it seems as though Cline was rushed. The detail of what is going on stays but his characters lag, any feeling there may have been is absent and the whole premise ends up being both overly simplistic yet strangely messed-up complicated at the same time. I was often jarred out of my possible enjoyment by odd misplaced dialogue and confusingly abrupt plot device changes. I can't even describe it without pointing out specific spoilery scenes which I don't want to do. I wouldn't discourage reading it though. Maybe I'm not 'dork' enough to get it.

Aug 07, 2016

Ready Player One was truly great. But Armada seemed like a lot of clichés dressed up with video game references to seem more like Ready Player One, and not anything really new. But you can still read it.

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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".

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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