This week’s book recommendation is Armada by Ernest Cline. This is Cline’s second book and it came out in 2015. His first, Ready Player One, came out in 2011, was hugely successful, and was turned into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg, which was released earlier this year and was a blast. The movie did change a few things up but it was true to the overall story. Of course, the book was a bit better.
Armada is not as intricate as Ready Player One and it doesn’t have as many pop-culture references, but it is a fun ride nonetheless. It still has a small tie to videogames but it centers around an alien invasion. For lack of a better explanation, think of Armada as a vague cross between Ender’s Game and Independence Day.
The title is the name of the game in the book that Zack Lightman plays with his friends. Unbeknownst to him and pretty much everyone else on the planet, the popular videogame is actually a training/scouting program for a military branch tasked with preventing an also unknown but impending alien invasion. That is probably all I should tell you so as not to spoil anything.
If you liked Cline’s first book, you will enjoy his second. If you haven’t read either of his books, I suggest you read Armada first. Both are fun in their own quirky, science fiction ways. Fun fact, both of Ernest Cline’s books have audio versions narrated by Wil Wheaton.