From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline can.
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,
Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before.
“Nerd-gasmic . . . another science fiction tale with a Comic-Con's worth of pop-culture shout-outs.”
— Rolling Stone
“An amazing novel [that] proves Cline has the ability to blend popular culture with exciting stories that appeal to everyone.”
The Last Starfighter,
Independence Day and a really gnarly round of
Space Invaders into a tasty sci-fi stew.”
“A fantastic second novel . . . fans of
Ready Player One, it is time to rejoice.”
ERNEST CLINE is an internationally best-selling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels
Ready Player One and
Armada and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of
Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on
The New York Times Best Sellers list
. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.