Tuesday, July 7, 2015

waiting on wednesday: armada

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we discuss a highly anticipated new release!

This week's pick: Armada by Ernest Cline
Release Date: July 14

synopsis: 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?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.


I am absolutely obsessed with Cline's other book, Ready Player One, and I am hoping that this novel can capture some of the magic, cleverness and unexpected twists that RPO had. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! 

What are your picks this week?



  1. I cannot wait for this one -- it feels like we have been waiting forever!

    My WoW

    1. I know!!! Like please hurry up Ernest Cline we need to read this book immediately.

  2. I JUST bought Ready Player One and I can't wait to read it! I'm happy he's coming out with another book, because if I end up loving Ready Player One, I'm going to want to read more by him!
    oooh! And it's coming out so soon!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

  3. I just finished RPO and I am excited for Armada too. :)


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