By Ernest Cline
Zack Lightman has spent his existence dreaming. Dreaming that the genuine international can be a little extra just like the numerous science-fiction books, videos, and videogames he’s spent his lifestyles eating. Dreaming that someday, a few marvelous, world-altering occasion will shatter the monotony of his humdrum life and whisk him off on a few grand space-faring experience.
But good day, there’s not anything improper with a bit escapism, correct? in the end, Zack tells himself, he is familiar with the adaptation among myth and truth. He understands that the following within the actual global, aimless teenage players with anger concerns don’t get selected to save lots of the universe.
And then he sees the flying saucer.
Even stranger, the ufo he’s watching is immediately out of the videogame he performs each evening, a highly renowned on-line flight simulator known as Armada—in which players simply ensue to be holding the earth from alien invaders.
No, Zack hasn’t misplaced his brain. As most unlikely because it turns out, what he’s seeing is all too actual. And his skills—as good as these of hundreds of thousands of players around the world—are going to be had to retailer the earth from what’s approximately to befall it.
It’s Zack’s probability, finally, to play the hero. yet even during the terror and excitement, he can’t aid pondering again to all these science-fiction tales he grew up with, and thinking about: Doesn’t anything approximately this state of affairs look a little…familiar?
At as soon as gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as merely Ernest Cline may perhaps, Armada is a rollicking, excellent mystery, a vintage coming of age event, and an alien invasion story like not anything you’ve ever learn before—one whose each web page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make prepared participant One a phenomenon.
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