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.
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.
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.
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?
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. @goodreads
Oh. My. God. What did I just read! My eyes teared up at the end of this book! YES! I teared up, don't judge me! :)
first of the book just moved a long like normal with Zack being a boy
that loved his video games and had anger management issues, but... I
don't think he had anger management issues myself because if what
happened to him to create that situation happened to me... you better
believe I would have done the same thing! Kudos, Zack. You want to know
what I'm talking about? Read the book :)
So, Zack plays video
games with people all over the world. He is a senior in high school and
works part time at a cool game store! They have EVERYTHING! It's a video
nerds wet dream. All of the old school stuff and new too.
me tell you, this book is so full of the 80's that I wanted to step back
in time! All of the old 80's games they talked about, the 80's music
they listened to while playing the game, and references to 80's
movies!!! Ok, I still have a ton of 80's music and I was singing away
throughout the book when they mentioned a song.
I'm not giving
out spoilers..soooo... some crazy things start to happen and I was
thinking... this seems like The Last Starfighter or maybe, Starship
Troopers.. Tron? It had a bit of all and more.
I love the
camaraderie between the groups of friends in the situations they were
put in throughout the book. I must say I honestly thought at the end of
the book they were going to pull a SIKE.. all you just read was not real
and so forth and so on. THAT did not happen. I would never have thought
of that ending. I mean really? And I also teared up as I already said.
recommend to anyone that loves the 80's, loves games, loves sci fi. You
really need to be in touch with your 80's! The book isn't set in the
80's though.. sorry if I gave off that idea. It's set in the here and
now, it's just got some cool peeps that love the gold ole days! I loved
**I would like to thank BLOGGING FOR BOOKS for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**