Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Armada by Ernest Cline

Publishing Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Pages: 368 pages
Science Fiction / Fantasy

The Premise: The story follows Zack Lightman, who has been waiting for life to become more like his videogames. Zack has a great group of friends, a mother who loves him and all seems swell, but he just wants more. Everything changes when he sees a flying saucer one day similar to the one in one of his favorite game's Armada. Zack tells himself that he is definitely dreaming, but it is definitely real. Many players of Armada like him are coming together to save the world. As Zack dives into this new found role, he also begins to unravel the mystery behind his father's death.

My overall thoughts and review: To preface this review, let me begin to say that this is my first Ernest Cline book. I've owned Ready Player One for quite some time, but I just haven't found the time to get around to it. I will definitely start it soon after reading Armada.  In fact, please give me all things written by Ernest Cline because his writing is just wonderful. Armada was something out of this world (pun-intended). It felt like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Guardians of the Galaxy meets Ender's Game. There were a ton of nerdy references which I really enjoyed. It was so much fun to spot those while reading. But what really surprised me was just how multi-layered the text was. There was the game itself that the story focused on and from there, there were different plot points that sprung from Zack. There was Zack's friendships, Zack's relationship with his mom, the mystery of his father, and then the whole bit about the world-coming-to-an-end. I loved how it was multi-layered but it did not feel like Cline was bombarding you with so many things. Everything was strung together nicely and was really well-paced. I did not anticipate the story playing out the way it did, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think it's a fun read that video game lovers in general will enjoy, but also those looking for a different sci-fi/fantasy kind of read: this is definitely one to check out!

My rating of the book:   (4/5 stars) 

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Disclaimer: A copy of this book was sent to me by Random House Canada for consideration/review. All opinions are my own. 

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