Armada by Ernest Cline (Who wrote Ready Player One)

This book has been on my nightstand for a long while and I finally sat down and got a chance to finish it. I didn’t hate the book, but I didn’t love it either.

First, it was a very similar premise to Ready Player One*. A young kid who lives his life playing video games and has an afinity for 80s music. Second, a lot of things felt very rushed. The book could have spent more time on the attacks and talked a bit more about Earth’s reaction. Instead it just focused on a few “dog fights” and didn’t deliver on the bigger effect accross the world. Finally, the love story seemed very forced. I understand the need to use this element, but it seemed so unecessary in the context of this book. Almost, felt like she was written in after the fact and to just check a box off.

If you’re on the fence on which book to read first or which book to read at all, skip Armada* and go for Ready Player One.

~david

*ref links

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