By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4
From 982 Ratings


From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could. 

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 as only Ernest Cline can, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before.

Video Review Armada - Ernest Cline


  • Who really wrote this?

    By rscherbel
    The story was fine, but compared to Ready Player One, this was really poorly written. Everything felt rushed, almost like these were Cline’s notes instead of his finished book. Admittedly RPO was such a favorite of mine that the bar was set pretty high, but this book is not well written.
  • Armada ehh

    By sniperkleener
    I thought the ending could have been more thought out, it felt rushed to me.
  • Same vein as Ready Player One

    By JacobTX
    Very similar to RP1, but still entertaining nonetheless.
  • Not bad, could have been better

    By wildchild2644
    I enjoyed the overall story line but the execution fell flat. I didn’t like any of the characters. They all seemed extremely immature. A lot of sentences and paragraphs seemed sloppy as if the author was in a hurry to get the book over with, much like how I felt about reading it quickly, to get it over with. Wouldn't have thought the same guy wrote RPO.
  • Yo what if?

    By woodmanwilly
    C-L-I-C-H-E The language and story’s plot depend on weakly written nerd references. Don’t mistake me, I loved the idea of this book, aliens vs drones, blam blam POW! But then I read it. Let’s be honest, we’ve all gone over this ‘yo what if’ scenario when call of duty was slated for the whole evening and friend #2 was refitting mom’s vase into a bong. It’s a high school kids dream scenario, dude. And yo, if this book had any tension at all maybe it could’ve held my interest, but from page one all we get is a weak character whose never really in trouble nor is truly challenged throughout. Summary: High school kid whose given everything. Aliens! Entire world at risk. blam blam pow! The end. Not riveting.
  • Great but not completely original

    By cheese(seriously)
    This story line reminds me of a combo of the last star fighter Enders game and a lot of other no name books I can't think of but I know I've read that involves video game players save the world. That besides it combines these very nicely and it's better written than many video game players save the world books. The song listed in the book are very good and are now on my top list. The last thing I want to say is this would make a good movie even better than ready player one if it follows the book better.

    By TheGemKnight
    Ernest Cline is downright one of my favorite authors ever. I feel like I am the living embodiment of Zach (the main character), which makes this book a nerdy rollercoaster. I beg you to immediately buy and read this book with NO HESITATION. IT IS AWESOME. Thanks Mr. Cline for one of the best reading adventures I’ll have had till the end of time. -MTFBWY, Ernest Cline
  • I think y x

    By youyth
    My time Tr the kids utter tutors http the building ky the tutln
  • Great needs a sequel

    By brianq2195
    I loved it but it needs a sequel
  • The best was yet to come!

    By ThatStratGuy
    Ernest Cline does it again in such a fantastic follow up to Ready Player One, his first novel. Armada is gripping, a different type of story set in the great beyond of our imagination. It's a much quicker read than anticipated, and a simpler story. Mankind is threatened, and a 19year old boy and the legend of his Father are all that stands between humanity and total annihilation!