Author Ernest Cline has followed up his much-loved Ready Player One with another celebration of video game history called Armada. Young Zack Lightman (Cline has a penchant for naming his main characters as if they were from a comic book) has never met his father. In an effort to get to know the man, Zack has adopted his father’s love for nostalgic video games and pores over an old notebook filled with his father’s crazy conspiracy theories. What Zack soon finds out is that his father was closer to the truth than anyone thought. Armada moves away from the dystopian future of Ready Player One and is steeped in conspiracy theories, alien invasions, and tons of action. Strap yourselves in for a trip filled with video games, paranoia, and interstellar conflict.
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 an internationally best-selling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels Ready Player One and Armada and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks onThe New York Times Best Sellers list. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.
“Nerd-gasmic…another science fiction tale with a Comic-Con's worth of pop-culture shout-outs.” --Rolling Stone
“An amazing novel [that] proves Cline has the ability to blend popular culture with exciting stories that appeal to everyone.” —Associated Press
“Mixes Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, Independence Day and a really gnarly round of Space Invaders into a tasty sci-fi stew.” —USA Today
“A fantastic second novel…fans of Ready Player One, it is time to rejoice.” —Huffington Post
“A joyous, rollicking read…will garner Cline an even larger group of fans than the formidable crew he’s already assembled.” —Boing Boing
“A great romp…Cline (ever the fanboy) is both reverent of and referential to the books and movies and games of his childhood.” —Mother Jones
“Video games come to life in this witty, extraterrestrial thriller.” —New York Post
“Built like a summer blockbuster…Cline recombines the DNA of Ender’s Game, Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, and old-school arcade games like Asteroids into something that’s both familiar and unpredictable. It’s a mutant homage to sci-fi tropes past.” —Gawker
"Hugely entertaining…a paean to the videogames of a bygone era, and like Ready Player One it is a tremendous amount of fun for anyone who remembers that time and played those games." –George R.R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Game of Thrones
"A novel so fun, you'll want to reboot it and read it again…the best novel this gamer geek has read in a long, long time." —Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool
"Those conspiracies you imagined when you were fourteen turn out to be true in this masterful tale of Earth's desperate struggle against a powerful alien foe." —Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian
"Armada proves Ernie Cline is the modern master of wish fulfillment literature - and of reminding us to be careful what we wish for." —John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Man’s War
“With another winningteen protagonist in Zach, Cline mines the nostalgia and geek spheres just as successfully as he did in his acclaimed debut, Ready Player One. The works that obviously influenced the story line, such as Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and the films The Last Starfighter and Star Wars, feel like homages rather than borrowings- a rap artist sampling the best beats our there to create an irresistible jam.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Cline once again brings crackling humor and fanboy knowledge to a zesty, crowd-pleasing, countdown-clock, save-the-planet tale featuring an unlikely hero, adrenaline-pumping action, gawky romance, and touching family moments.…Cline’s sly, mind-twisting premise and energetically depicted and electrifying high-tech battles make for smart, frenetic, and satisfying entertainment.” —Booklist, starred review
Praise for Ready Player One:
“Enchanting…Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. Its geeky characters are geeky cool. And its action is imaginative, always cinematic.[Cline] even weaves a sweet romance into this hero-vs.-villain tale.” —USA Today
“The grown-up's 'Harry Potter’…the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. Ready Player One has it all.” —Huffington Post
“A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story...the best science-fiction novel I’ve read in a decade.” —BoingBoing.com
“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted… Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that's both hilarious and compassionate. You'll wish you could make it go on and on." —NPR.org “A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture... layered with inside jokes and sly references.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“An addictive read… part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance and all heart.” —CNN.com
“Incredibly entertaining…a geek fantasia, ‘80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.” —Austin American-Statesman