Friday, May 20, 2016


In April, I had the incredible opportunity to listen to Ernest Cline speak. It was a real nerd moment for me and goes down in history as one of the best events I have ever attended. It was for the launch of his paperback cover release for his second novel, Armada. Funny enough, husband and I had been listening to the audio tape the week before on our trip to Houston and were finishing it up on our way to Austin. The audio tape was like watching a movie without the visuals. The sound effects were amazing! You really felt like you were in the battle scenes. 

The story line of the book deals with Zack Lightman growing up with his mother after his father died at a very young age in an accident at work. He lives in a mundane city and attends high school not being very invested in it. He dreams of a better life, something that will take him away from the monotony of it all. Something more along the lines of the science-fiction books, movies, and games that he is so fond of. It is in one of these boring days at school better spent dreaming that he spots the space ship out the window. And it is not just any ship. It is a ship he recognizes well from one of his games, Armada, in which the players are protecting the earth from alien invaders. 

It is at this point that Zack's life changes. The ship comes for him armed with members of the Earth Defense Alliance. Zack, along with thousands of great gamers from around the world, are taken and asked to join their mission in saving man kind from the impending alien attack. Zack is ready to fulfill his destiny and play the hero. That is until he starts to see things that others don't seem to notice. No one questions the familiarity of climactic episodes they all seem to be caught in. Zack is left wondering how much of this real life movie is actually real or actually a movie?

Action packed from beginning to end, Armada will take you through various pop culture references, thrilling battle scenes, and a coming of age story with a modern twist to it. Enjoy being a part of the Earth Defense Alliance and help save Earth!

*Book was provided for review by Blogging for Books. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. This sounds like a fun read! I like the idea of pop culture references being included. Very neat, too, that you got to hear this author speak! - Trish

  2. I'm always looking for good book recs. The last few I read were kind of disappointing:/

  3. Thank you for sharing your review of Armada, I've been looking for new books to read! It sounds like something I'd like.

    1. If this is your genre, then you will love it!