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Title: Armada Author: Ernest Cline Genre: Sci-fi Adventure/Fantasy Publisher: Crown Rating: 5 Stars Authors' Website: http://www.ernestcline.com/
LeeReader's Spoiler Free Book Review of Armada:
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, 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 world.
And then he sees a 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 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 Earth from what's about to befell it.
It's Zack 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.
Ernest, you have done it again. My mind has officially been blown. I can't even began to tell you how amazing Armada is. It's just as good as Ready Player One. I loved Ernest's style and amazing plot line. I loved his creative characters and mind-blowing plot twists. Zack was a very relatable main antagonist though out the book. But I also liked some of the minor characters like Zack's father, and Ray. I loved the "alien invaders" and also the creative idea of the EDA and how it came to be. I also loved how fast paced Armada is, I couldn't put it down. There where times when Ernest had me laughing-out-loud, and others times cringing at his bone-chilling secrets he'd share with his readers. Ernest keeps readers on the edge of their seats, and keep them wanting more. I hope he keeps writing these amazing videogame adventures, I love them and will buy them all!