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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Cline Narrator: Wil Wheato Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The new novel from the bestselling author of Ready Player One

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 video games 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?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever heard before—one whose every moment is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of nods to pop culture and sci-fi classics, it’s a thrilling coming-of-age story.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Mixes Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, Independence Day, and a really gnarly round of Space Invaders into a tasty sci-fi stew.”

    USA Today

  • “Nerd-gasmic…another science fiction tale with a Comic-Con’s worth of pop-culture shout-outs.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “Video games come to life in this witty, extraterrestrial thriller.”

    New York Post

  • “A great romp…Cline is both reverent of and referential to the books and movies and games of his childhood.”

    Mother Jones

  • “With pop culture references, action, and a relatable main character, the appeal for all ages was already there.”

    Library Journal

  • “Cline’s gaming-centric story, chock-full of pop references, is keenly executed by Wil Wheaton…Wheaton’s skill as a narrator continues to grow, and it’s clear he enjoys once more finding himself in a sci-fi world. Overall, the production offers an engaging story with a narrator who hits the marks for the varied quirky characters.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by JKinPA | 7/6/2016

    " I really enjoyed this from Ernest Cline. I started with Ready Player One, then this as a follow up. Being a Kid of the 80's, a lot of the references in Clines books bring back a lot of fun memories and I like his writing style. The Narration form Wil Wheaton is also excellent, always gives a chuckle when he is reading references to himself or Star Trek TNG. "

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