Saturday, December 5

Book Review: Armada

Title: Armada

Author: Ernest Cline

Pages: Ebook 312

Summary: 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?

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started out okay. It was a little corny, but in a fun way, and I thought that it would carry forward and be a quick amusing read. But, eventually that initial appeal wore off and the book didn't exactly work out for me.

While I enjoyed the concept of the story, I didn't enjoy reading it. The constant quips of all the different science fiction references got tiring after a while. At first, they helped build the character, after it became repetitive and took away from moving the story forward.

Parts of the story were predictable, although parts were fun to read it was hard to push through to the end. Overall it was an okay read, but it wasn't impressive and I'm not sure if I'd read the author again.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm told the author's other book Ready Player one was well done, so perhaps I'd recommend that one, but I'm not sure I'd recommended this one.

What to read next: Ready Player One

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I loved Ready Player One, and Armada felt like RPO lite. Don't expect great dialogue or character devleopment, but the plot is more original (but maybe not after reading Armada) and it is not just science fiction; the references are all 80s from music and film to video games. I got a lot more of the references in Ready Player One. I actually thought Armada started slow, because it felt so forced, getting the set up of the novel, especially when it felt too much like Ready Player One. I will recommend, if you try Ready Player One, the audioversion read by Wil Wheaton.