Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Review: Armada by Ernest Cline
I read Ready Player One and devoured it, I could not get enough. So when I found out that Ernest Cline was writing another book I knew I had to read it, and also made sure my brother knew about it too. The countdown to getting my hands on Armada was a slow and painful wait, and once it arrived on my iPad I could not wait to begin.
The anticipation for the release of Armada was immeasurable, but after the great beginning I was quickly disappointed. I love the idea behind the story itself, and bonus points for the popular culture references that I knew about (possibly showing my age in most of them), but the plot felt similar to other books I've read, it just wasn't unique for me, and after the awesomeness that was Ready Player One, I expected to be drawn into this new world so fast and find it hard to put down. Instead it has taken me over a week to read this book....a very long week.
Armada was an interesting mix for me. While there were parts I loved, I also felt like there was a lot of information overload, and I did struggle to try and keep all of this information into its own little compartment inside my head, and even then things got confused. I think a lot of my mixed feelings came from the anticipation of having a new book and it not living up to my expectations, it put a damper on things that I just couldn't recover from. The plot felt similar to another book which also added to my apprehension of Armada.
However, I really liked the characters and thier personalities, and how they all gelled together so easily to defend Earth. The gadgets and technology used was amazing, and I really wish we had some of that in our hands now...the friendly stuff, not the dodgy alien stuff.
Overall Armada was an enjoyable read which mostly kept me reading. While I think the plot felt too similar to others for me, I did like the idea behind it and how it all came to an end.