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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,...
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780804137263
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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A nice homage to 1980's sci-fic films merged with modern day gaming, as a young man has been unknowingly trained to be a pilot to save the world against invaders. The CD is narrated by actor Wil Wheaton.

Recommended by Bethany at Oro Valley Library.

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JCLKathrynC Jul 18, 2019

I very much enjoyed this novel. It is a fantastic summer science-fiction story that will make you wonder how much the government is hiding from us. While it is predictable in many places it is still an enjoyable read, or listen if you enjoy the voice of Wil Wheaton.

Jul 02, 2019

Take "The Last Starfighter", add a bit of "Ender's Game", stick it in a blender and smother it in pop culture references, and you get "Armada". This book reads like a teenage boy gamer fantasy. It takes itself too seriously to be a parody but it is just too inane to be taken seriously.

Jan 04, 2019

I would give this a 3.75. I enjoyed it a lot! I think the only thing that brings it down is something I cannot say without spoiling the book. Overall though, I did enjoy the plot. Of all the ways I thought the story would go, that was not one of them. I was delightfully surprised. And, just as I enjoyed Wil Wheaton's narration on Ready Player One, it was equally well done with Armada. Full review with spoilers is at:

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.

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.

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.

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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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