Armada by Ernst Cline Review

After finishing he I am number four series until the final book is realised next year I decided to read a few more single book before I start on another series. The first single book I have read is Armada by Ernst Cline and after reading ready player one I had high hopes for this book as it meant to have a similar story type.


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?
Taken From Goodreads.

My Opinion

So like I said above, I had high hopes for Armada and I am very happy to say that they were met, but only just. I love this type of story line, where gaming becomes a reality as it has been a little dream of mine for something like this to happen in really life. So now that Armada is a thing I have slightly raised hopes that it is going to happen soon.

So in both of Ernst Cline book we follow a male lead who is obsessed with videogames and both times it is the male lead who comes out in the end and saves the day. I know that to a lot of people this meant seem like Armada is just a copy and paste of the successful book Ready Player One. But trust me when I say that this is a totally separate story and in a lot of ways I actually preferred this to RPO. One of the reason why I preferred this book is because it is set in the modern age, round about 3 years from now. This means that a lot of the references that are mentioned are something that I am not only able to follow but actually know a lot about seeing how I’m a big nerd. So be prepared for a lot of star wars and star trek references but not just that references on basically every massive sci fi movie that has been released.

In RPO it was all virtual reality with some of the bad guys being in the real world wanting to win the Easter egg, in armada it is all real life with the game that everyone has been playing for the last 3 years being a training exercise to try and find the best pilots  by using games. So there are some difference and I do prefer the story line in armada because it seems slightly more realistic in my opinion.

Even though I do prefer the storyline in Armada, RPO is told better in my opinion, I say this because armada all happens within a day and to me it seemed like the whole book was one big rush. I do get alien are about to invade the planet but still a week would probably be a better. Another example of why I think the story was a bit rushed was because one of the love story’s all happen within in that day. The main character Zack meets this girl called Lex and within that day they go from not even knowing each other to by the end of the day planning on having sex and basically going out, I’m all of love at first sight but to me it all seems a bit stupid.

That is all the bad points for the book as the rest of the book is great, the way in which every is described with all the nerdy reference just made me not want to put the book down, so I didn’t. I managed to get through the book in about 5 hours with a break to watch some Netflix, the bad part was I started at 10pm so I didn’t have a lot of sleep before my 9 o’clock start. The moon base was just WOW, I loved how they used a lot of different Sci-fi movies to base the base off.

I loved how the main character is not some really good looking guy who everyone is friends with and all the girls want him and all the guys want to be him. He is just a normal guy with a small group of close friends who loves to play Armada and has a angry problem. The reason why I love this is because he is the type of the guy that you don’t expect to be the hero of the book and it just made it a better read.

So if you love Sci-fi and have watched basically any big alien based movies from the last 50 years I can say you will love this book, it is almost as good as RPO with only the slightly rushed storyline and love story putting down. So while RPO got 5 stars im going to give Armada 4.5.

Buy Armada Here

Anyway I have been Aaron Morrsi and ill see you next time.

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