By Ernest Cline
Armada • noun • a fleet of war ships
Armada was named perfectly, if you consider the continual assault of references from the 80’s/90’s coming at you left, right and center. The vast amount of knowledge may even put the most avid ‘geek’ to shame. I would be impressed if Cline did not have to do any research to make sure the reference were accurate.
The best way to describe Armada is predictably enjoyable. I personally found the plot pretty obvious, bar a few plot twists, but i still found that i thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Compared to Cline’s first book, Ready Player One, Armada lacked the tidyness and flow that made Ready Player One a best seller. It felt like Cline go excited with how well received Ready Player One was that he flew into writing his next book without spending the time and care that he put into Ready Player One.
The protagonist, Zack Lightman, is you typical soon-to-graduate boy who loves playing video games. He spends all his spare time playing Armada, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) with his two best friends. He is one of the best pilots, being ranked 6th in the world. Zack, much like most geeks, has spent most of his life dreaming of being like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, and being whisked away on a life-changing adventure.
Even though the writing style felt rushed, i would defiantly recommend Armada to anyone who like Science Fiction, or was a fan of Ready Player One.
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