Armada was probably my biggest must-get ARC at Book Expo America (other than the Princess in Black sequel) and it was worth the hour in line to get the book and meet Ernie. He was really cool in a Geek God way and we joked about how he should fix his hair for my photo.
Formerly a poet, Ernest Cline is best known for writing the script for the cult film, Fanboys, and for his phenomenal debut novel, Ready Player One.
* CONTAINS SPOILERS
Zack Lightman is on the verge of graduating from high school, but he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. Despite his mother’s prodding, he’s quite happy working at his local video game store and getting to know his dead father by going through his mammoth stash of sci-fi paraphernalia. He’s especially interested in a conspiracy theory his father was working on about a connection between video games and the government. Then one day, Zack sees an alien fighter from his favourite video game, Armada, flying around. Is he hallucinating? Or is Zack about to find out the conspiracy is true and he’s going to join an Earth-wide effort to save the world from an alien invasion?
Armada is a magic carpet ride for any die-hard sci-fi fan. All of the eighties pop culture references I loved in Ready Player One have been replaced here with a mega-ton of references to science fiction books, movies and video games, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Aliens, Independence Day, Robotech, Space Invaders and Dungeons and Dragons, just to name a few. Pure nerd joy!
Very much like Ready Player One, the plot is a little far-fetched and cheese ball, but I still loved it. If you can suspend your disbelief, you’re in for a very cool ride.
If you haven’t heard already, Wil Wheaton will be back to narrate the audio book and I’m sure he’ll be as great as he was for Ready Player One. Overall, Armada has plenty of action movie-style thrills and heroics that I think will make a lot of fans of the last book happy. I certainly was not disappointed and dare I say I may have even liked this book more! The Force is strong with this one.