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The Austin American-Statesman Selects.....
BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman's top recommended read for Austin. May's pick is Armada by Ernest Cline. Come down to the store Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm when Cline reads from the novel here at BookPeople. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, July 26 to read their review of Armada.
STATESMAN SELECTS: BOUND TO BE A GOOD READ.
ARMADA by Ernest Cline
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 videogames 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 video game 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 read before, one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.
ABOUT ERNEST CLINE
A boy named after a Muppet is born in a town with no arcade, but still develops a healthy addiction to his Atari 2600. Later, this boy's obsession with Star Wars compels him to write a movie about obsessive Star Wars fans. In an effort to establish the true magnitude of his geekiness, the boy eventually writes his first novel and titles it Ready Player One. First, It becomes a New York Times Bestseller, then Warner Brothers snaps up the film rights and Steven Spielberg signs on to direct it. Though this boy has become a man, he remains a fullt-time geek. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.