Armada by Ernest Cline


by Ernest Cline

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions, from the author of the worldwide phenomenon Ready Player One 

“Exciting . . . mixes Star WarsThe Last StarfighterIndependence Day, and a really gnarly round of Space Invaders.”—USA Today • “A thrilling coming of age story.”—Entertainment Weekly

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.

Reviewed by remo on

2 of 5 stars

Hmmm. Sentimientos encontrados con esta novela, segunda del autor. El argumento me parece aún mejor que el de Ready Player One: La humanidad descubre extraterrestres en una luna de Saturno y crea videojuegos que replican con gran detalle los movimientos de los extraterrestres en combate para que la humanidad se entrene para LA batalla. Pero la ejecución me dejó muy decepcionado. Hay partes de la novela que deberían ser ÉPICAS y el autor pasa por ellas con estilo entrecortado, como de adolescente empezando a escribir, sin recrearse, sin impactar. Soso y plano. La historia es entretenida y aunque hay un par de cosas que no le perdono al autor, tiene un pase. Las constantes alusiones a las pelis y videojuegos de los ochenta ayudan a los cuarentones como yo a mantener algo más la atención, sin llegar a redimir la novela.

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