Monday, September 28, 2015

Thing of Interest!: Armada by Ernest Cline Complete!

I finished Ernest Cline's Armada last week. Here are some quick thoughts:

  • I really enjoyed Cline's first novel, Ready Player One. I liked Armada but found it to be a little bit of a sophomore slump.
  • The concept, video games+space+conspiracy, is pretty nifty and not too similar to other stories with a similar concept like The Last Starfighter.
  • The pacing was a little off putting. There was a lengthy exposition, and there wasn't much in the way of resolution after a succinct climax. There were some big revelations in the last 10 pages and not too much in the way of actually discussing it.
  • Unending references doesn't make for the wittiest dialogue, and I think they could have used some more subtlety.
  • Based on the ending, I wouldn't be surprised if Cline writes a sequel, but I think Ready Player One has a better world for exploring in  sequels.
  • I hope the eventual Ready Player One movie is good.
  • Review over, 3/5 stars.

Critically yours,

-Peter