Armada by Ernest Cline

I loved the book Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline.

The movie Ready Player One was … OK.

But I assumed Cline’s second book would be great as well.

Armada is a science fiction novel (2015) … is about a teenager who plays an online video game about defending against an alien invasion, only to find out that the game is a simulator to prepare him and people around the world for defending against an actual alien invasion.

Right away I wondered if it would be an inferior version of Ender’s Game.

It’s Ender’s Game with a twist.

Similar to Ready Player it’s about Gamer kids and retro Pop Culture. That part I liked.

Sci Fi technology I liked.

But the plot — set over one day — is stupid. Not believable in the way I found Ready Player believable.

GoodReads has it only 3.5 stars despite big hype on release. I agreed with Ariel:

Believe me when I say I was ready to love this book. Ready Player One was so great! And this was about video games and alien invasions! I jumped in to Armada ready to be caught by an awesome net..

.. and instead fell flat on my face. On concrete. And then a piano fell on me.

Read some Amazon reviews.

Skip this book. Wait for the movie.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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