Novel Nuggets – Armada by Ernest Cline

Title: ArmadaNovel Nuggets Button
Author: Ernest Cline
ISBN: 9780804188753
No. of Pages: 368
Genre: Science Fiction
Origins: Mine. All mine.
Release Date: 14 July 2015


“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?”

Armada by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline knows how to make geeky cool. While his second novel is by no means as good as his debut novel, Armada is still fun. The focus this time is on science fiction movies of the late 1970s and 1980s. I suspect the fact that I have seen every single one of the movies referenced in the book at least once may contribute to my general loving of the story. In any event, I found Zack’s battle for Earth to be thoroughly entertaining and well worth the read.

6 Responses to Novel Nuggets – Armada by Ernest Cline
  1. Shaina
    September 17, 2015 | 10:38 AM

    I’m glad this one worked for you—it seems like Armada fell flat for a lot of people, even folks who enjoyed RPO. I bet knowing all the references helped a lot!

    • Michelle
      September 18, 2015 | 11:39 AM

      I think knowing the references helped. Also, I did not have high expectations for this one. I knew it would be enjoyable, but I also knew it would be very different from his first novel. I think that helped as well.

  2. Kay
    September 17, 2015 | 3:18 PM

    I still haven’t read the first book, but I do intend to at some point. And this one sounds fun as well. I like your little ‘Novel Nuggets’ format.

    • Michelle
      September 18, 2015 | 11:40 AM

      I would highly recommend listening to Ready Player One as an audiobook. Wil Wheaton is just spectacular. There are not enough adjectives to describe how good an audio it is.

  3. Carrie K.
    September 21, 2015 | 1:03 PM

    I got halfway through this on audio before it expired on Overdrive! I am waiting on the hold list so that I can finish it. I agree – not quite as good as Ready Player One, but it is read by Wil Wheaton, which is thoroughly entertaining – especially with all the Trekkie references.

    • Michelle
      September 21, 2015 | 7:09 PM

      It wasn’t just the Trekkie references. I loved the references to the bad sci-fi movies of the 80s. They were a huge part of my childhood.

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