Armada

Armada

A Novel

Book - 2015
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It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom--if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer. At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy. A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO 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. But what Zack'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. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too... familiar?
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804137256
0804137250
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cli
Description: 355 pages ; 25 cm

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CRRLTeens Jul 17, 2018

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

"I was staring out the classroom window and daydreaming of adventure when I spotted the flying saucer."


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pranaav_chennai
Oct 11, 2020

In the game Armada, many players control drones to shoot down enemy aliens. The players on the top ten of the leaderboard are world famous, due to the game’s popularity. Zack Lightman is 6th on this leaderboard, but the game is merely a diversion for him.That is, until the military shows up at his school and reveals that the “game” was actually a way to get new recruits for the military. What’s more, the aliens and simulations in the game are real. Now, as Earth gears up for an intergalactic war, Zack(as the 6th on the leaderboard) has to assume a commanding position and defeat the incoming enemy army.

While the plot may seem a bit generic, Armada is still a relatively good book in my opinion. The characters are good, the plot has enough twists to keep a reader happy, and the settings have enough detail in them. That being said, it isn’t up to the scale that books like Ready, Player One, but it is a decent book nonetheless.

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BeerBelly13
Aug 30, 2020

4 stars. I guess one of my stars is simply because I recognized almost every game and movie the author mentioned...and there were numerous examples. This book is for geeks and nerds (of both genders)...and people that enjoy shows like Big Bang Theory. A critic on this website said the book was nothing more than a "teenage boy gamer fantasy" and I actually agree...which is why I enjoyed the book even though I'm pushing 50 years old. It was a tad nostalgic and never seemed to move too slow. I was able to finish it in a couple days.

The ending was both interesting and not quite what I expected. It was a little disappointing but technically the only way it could end based on the clues leading to it. I have to be honest that I laughed out loud several times reading this book which shows how funny and realistic the author summarized how teen boys and even grown men can be (goofballs).

I have two brothers, one of them would like this book (gamer) and one would not (golfer).

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wingertdj
Apr 30, 2020

“Armada” is another fun story by Ernest Cline about an avid video game player. This time round, out hero is one of the top 10 players battling an alien invasion force in space. It’s all fun and games until an Earth force ship lands at their high school and collects him. That’s when he finds out it’s real and within hours the world’s population finds out all the video game’s tech is real, and the game’s players are given assignments to help battle an alien invasion fleet which will arrive in a short time.

OPL_JacobL Apr 10, 2020

A solid attempt by Ernest Cline at a more ongoing series, based heavily in the concept first proposed by the film "The Last Starfighter." Not quite as good as "Ready Player One," this is still a great Sci-Fi adventure story.

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ROBIN K TAYLOR
Apr 01, 2020

Ernest Cline is one of my favorite SciFi authors - and I'm an avid fan of the genre. He pulls inspiration from pop-culture; but does so in a way that makes you feel nostalgic (even if you didn't live through it yourself) and honors the source material. He knows his books are of a type, and he doesn't shy away from it. I was worried for much of the book that it was going to draw too heavily from Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game," but no, this book stands strongly on its own.

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plantedatree
Feb 10, 2020

Everything in this book loudly builds up to the plot twist at the end which is both way too late and not at all satisfying or interesting. I regret sticking it out and finishing the book.

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breadnugent
Dec 23, 2019

Unless you have absolutely no other option just skip this book. I enjoyed Ready Player One. It was cheesy and fun. Silly escapism. A quick and entertaining read. But everything that was potentially problematic with RPO becomes very incredibly annoyingly problematic with Armada.

I regret reading this book.

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Ceeferd
Aug 22, 2019

Not as good as Ready Player One. Still an entertaining and quick read.

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CJ N. LU SING
Aug 03, 2019

Ernest Cline is an author that I got acquainted with via his debut novel, Ready Player One, and one that I had mixed feelings about. I was not a huge fan of Ready Player One, thinking the plot to rely too greatly on excessive 80s references, but Armada was a different story entirely.

Firstly, the book's plot is extremely satisfying. The alien invasion premise is one of the most in science fiction but was perfectly executed in Armada. The story is supplemented by pop culture references from previous decades, much like Ready Player One, but the plot doesn't entirely rely on them. They are rather used to build a world, and create a believable storyline. It isn't the most realistic world, but it is an incredible read nonetheless.

I enjoyed Armada, and I would recommend it to anyone. It was, by far, one of the best books I have read this year. And, contrary to popular opinion, I enjoyed it better than Ready Player One.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 01, 2019

Zack Lightman has spent most of his life playing the video game "Armada" where the world is being invaded by Aliens. Then Zack sees a flying saucer, and even more incredulous, one from Armada! Its even more crazy when Zack realizes he is not dreaming but Earth is actually going to be invaded by Aliens and he and thousands of other gamers have been recruited to fight back! The only nagging thought in the back of Zacks mind is the logical inconsistencies of the Aliens, just like in movies and video games. Cline writes a fast paced thriller with interesting twists and cliffhangers but also contains lots of profanity. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever questioned movie or video game logical inconsistencies and people who love Alien science fiction. 4/5. @mittopic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board.

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ChickHen
Aug 21, 2016

"Here lies Xvaier Ulysess Lightman 1980 - 2018, beloved husband, father and son. He saved humanity from annihilation "You're Welcome".

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WijayaG
Aug 29, 2015

"A recording of a young girl's voice began to play on the soundtrack. 'You have desecrated our most sacred temple,' the child's voice intoned in a flat inflectionless tone. 'For this there can be no forgiveness. We are coming to kill you all.'"

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ROBIN K TAYLOR
Apr 01, 2020

Before he died, Zack’s father had an insane theory that the video game and sci-fi film industry must have been government funded projects aimed at training citizens to fight an alien enemy. Now a senior in high school, Zack is one of the top 10 highest ranked virtual-reality pilots worldwide: and he’s about to find out that maybe his father wasn’t crazy after all.

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