Book Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

What’s up bookworms? I hope you are all reading your hearts out. I know I am. Over the past 3 weeks, I participated in my first ever buddy read with J.W.Martin from Storeys of Stories and we read the book Armada by Ernest Cline. We did about 2 chapters a day and fit in extra when we had time but stayed pretty consistent. Each day we would message each other about the stuff that happened in the book and give our predictions for what we thought would happen. It was quite fun and we plan to do another in May. For now, you can read my review below!

The book Armada by Ernest Cline on a bed

Synopsis: 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?

If you loved the nostalgia in Ready Player One then you will like this book because it is stuffed with it. It has many references to Star Wars, Star Trek, pretty much any Sci-Fi film franchise you can think of. This made me very happy.

Zach is a lovable character that takes you on a journey of life as a nerdy kid. He has his two best friends (both named Michael) by his side and they are all extreme gamers who log at least 15 hours or more a week on their favorite game, Armada. The author introduces more characters along the way that I’m very fond of. I can see this book potentially being made into a movie.

One thing I would say is that the conclusion of the novel seemed very forced and too fast. I was hoping for more action and intense descriptive fight scenes (they still are there but it seems to wrap up and move onto the next scene too quickly). The book has so much build up to the finale so the least they could do is extend it a little longer to satisfy the reader with that juicy explosion of an ending. This was the area where the book fell short for me and the reason I gave it a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star rating.

Overall, I would suggest this book to anyone that wants a fast-paced science fiction page-turner.

Book Rating: 4/5

You can buy this book on Amazon or Book Depository and find it on Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money and read it because I wanted to.

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20 Comments on “Book Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

  1. Joe is a busy busy guy! We ALSO just finished a buddy read together this past week :] Sounds like yours went pretty well too!

    • Yea haha I had no idea he was doing multiple at the same time! Good for him 🙂 Want to join our buddy read for May?

      • Fair enough! Right now we are thinking of doing Iron Gold by Pierce Brown.

    • I hoped one would be done before the other, but it didn’t work out that way. That’ll teach me to schedule them so close!

      • Well I had no idea so you did a good job balancing them! I could never do that. Props to you my dear. You are the master for sure :]

      • Haha busy guy! I found it hard to keep track of 2 books lol. I’m more of a devour one book at a time kind of person I think.

      • That’s fair. I find that would be easier.

  2. I was so excited for this book and tried so hard to read it but I just could never get into it. I never got past the first couple chapters.

    • Yea it isn’t for everyone. Like I said in my review, I wish the ending had more to it because there was a lot of build up for an ending that only lasted a chapter and a half.

  3. I’ve heard some really mixed things about Armada, but I enjoyed Ready Player One so much I think i’ll take a chance on it, I’m glad you enjoyed Armada…hmm….do I add another book to my tbr? Haha it also sound slike it does have some plot similarities to RPO so we shall see!

    • I did find it quite similar to RPO however I think RPO was fleshed out a little bit better. Still worth giving a shot if you like sci-fi and space battles.

      • Let me know your thoughts if you do! I’m curious to see how you feel about it 😛

    • Right?! They are always portrayed in a new way and it is interesting to see what different authors think other lifeforms in the universe look like.’p

    • I know. It was on my shelf for over 2 years before I picked it up!

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