Thursday, August 13, 2015

Book Review: Armada by Ernest Cline/ Science Fiction/Published in 2015

Hello dear Readers,

Below, my book review of Armada by Ernest Cline. 

Title: Armada 
Genre: Science Fiction
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Crown 
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Language: English
Hardcover: 368 pages
Rating: 2/5 Stars
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Book Description

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?  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.

My thoughts
I received this book without knowing anything about the Author and his work. When I went to read about him, I found out he is the Author of Ready Player One, a book that a lot people seem to like and consider one of the best books they have ever read.I have not read Ready Player One. Armada was a totally new experience for me.

That being said, Armada was a complicated book to read. Not the writing itself but I could not connect with the character Zack, or the story. There were times I felt bored but I kept reading in the hopes the story was going to get better, but in my case, it did not happen. Some of the events in the story did not make sense to me, I felt like I was struggling. I had issues with the way the story is told and the plot. By no means a book you should not read but in my case I had a hard time connecting with it and the message the Author intended to deliver. 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review"


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