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Loved it! Ernest Cline writes another engrossing book I can't stop read/listening to. Obviously hard to follow up after Ready Player One and many themes are similar here, but still delightful though at times it did sound a little too similar to Enders Game.
The narration is the the best! Will Wheaton is frickin amazing as the narrator. Different voices and characters come alive and just add and pump up this book to new heights.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Pretty good, hey. A sea of pop culture references again. Story line was a little derivative, but credit was definitely given where it was due. A very pleasant read.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A great second book, like Ready Player One, full of pop culture references. Moves along at a good pace and does not let up!!!
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Armada in three words, what would they be?
Armada? Sadly underwhelming.
Would you recommend Armada to your friends? Why or why not?
Hmm, probably not. Like...its fine? And I recommended Ready Player One left, right and center...but this? No. Probably not.
What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?
Everything. Wil is my favorite reader - he has the perfect reading voice.
Any additional comments?
Armada never quite achieves what it sets out to and instead of paying homage to sci fi classics (such as Ender's Game, as noted elsewhere) it borrows far too much from them. Additionally I never found myself investing in these characters in the same way I did with Ready Player One. It was fine. You might like it. You might not.
23 of 31 people found this review helpful
This one gets 3.5 stars from me. Comparisons will unavoidably be made with Clines' first novel, Ready Player One. This story wasn't as good as that one, but it's still a fun ride. The story is predictable and draws heavily from other well-known sci-fi classics. But at least Cline is unapologetically open about it.
The book is full of pop culture references for nerds and cinephiles, though not as heavily as in RPO. The story moves along at a good pace, but ends quite suddenly after the climax. Wheaton's narration is great. He's enthusiastic and gets right into the story, which excites you as a listener.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I personally found this book very enjoyable with a mix of modern and vintage sci-fi elements. However I sincerely wish most of the story was further explored in more detail. Many sections of the story felt glossed over and were finished before they felt like they had begun. Whilst not as gripping as 'Ready Player One' it shared a very similar vibe and is worth a read if you are a fan of his earlier work. Wheaton still unstoppable - great performance.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful