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Armada (Hardcover)

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“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures,” so says the great author Alexandre Dumas, and that’s exactly what Zach Lightman does. This is his classic Call to Adventure in video game form. When it is revealed that everything from the classic arcade games to the numerous sci-fi films released over the last forty years have been a government cover up to prepare humanity for an impending alien attack…there’s no hesitation in Zach’s agreement to enlist on the front lines. After all, it must be his destiny, he’s one of the highest ranked Armada gamers in the world. I had way too much fun reading this book, and I’m sure I spent an embarrassing amount of my reading time with a huge goofy nerd-grin on my face. This is not a sequel or companion to Ready Player One but a story more adrenaline fueled, and just as engaging. Strap yourself in for one geek-fest thrill of a ride, this is the most exciting space conflict I’ve experienced since the Battle of Wolf 359.


August 2015 Indie Next List

“This new work from Cline definitely will not disappoint the myriad fans of Ready Player One. On the contrary, it is another magical, nerdy romp through science fiction and fantasy pop culture where the thing that happens to the hero is exactly the thing every sci-fi lover secretly -- or not so secretly -- dreams will happen to them! A successful screenwriter, Cline fills this tale with super-cool action, relatable characters, and inventive plots. I loved it!”
— Heather Duncan (M), Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO


From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline can.

Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure.

So when he sees the flying saucer, he's sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness.

Especially because the alien ship he's staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled Armada--in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.

As impossible as it seems, what Zack's seeing is all too real. And it's just the first in a blur of revlations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth's history, its future, even his own life--and to play the hero for real, with humanity's life in the balance.

But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can't help thinking: Doesn't something about this scenario feel a little bit like...well...fiction?

At once reinventing and paying homage to science-fiction classics, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before.

About the Author

ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and appeared on numerous "best of the year" lists. Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804137256
ISBN-10: 0804137250
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English
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