Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we post about one book that has been hanging out on our wish list (either for a long time, or not so long)
This week was a relatively easy pick for me to feature – mostly because I just came across a description of the book and based on how I enjoyed a previous book by the author, I knew it was going on the to-read pile ASAP. I would say that I wouldn’t normally identify as a fan of pop-culture type fiction, especially involving computer/video games (since my skill level hovers somewhere around Super Mario Brothers/Tetris), but I really enjoyed Ernest Cline’s previous book (Ready Player One) that was based around the video game quest. His new book, Armada is being released next week (the 14th) and I already plan to get the audiobook as soon as its available on audible. If its anything like RPO, i’m going to need to make sure that I put aside the whole day for listening, because I will just be sucked in (fingers crossed!)
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?