Book Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Goodreads Rating: 3.59
My Rating: 2.3 stars
Recommendations:¬†¬†Get it from your local library;¬†purchase only after you’ve read it.

What I Liked:¬†Giving the me opportunity to use the gif as displayed below… Oh! And the schematics inside the hardcover book jacket. ¬†That was a neat touch.
What I Didn‚Äôt Like: Reads much like a pop-culture-riddled-Fan-Fic of Ender’s Game/Every Other Major Scifi Story…¬†

Before we get too far into this, I do want to state that I loved Ready Player One by the same author.  I wonder if my opinion of this book was influenced in that he set the bar really high with R.P.O?

Don’t get me wrong, there were entire chunks of this book that I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. ¬†I had a rather love/hate relationship with Armada. ¬†I slammed through it, hoping and praying the Cline would throw out something original, something I hadn’t read/watched before. ¬†Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. ¬†It was entertaining… kinda. ¬†Just far too predictable.


The writing itself was decent. ¬†Grammar and syntax on par. ¬†But that’s about as far as I can go on such. ¬†The rest of the aspects about the book were very much a let down. ¬†I wasn’t a fan of the constant pop-culture references. ¬†At least in Ready Player One, Cline was able to weave that stuff into the story. ¬†This time it was incredibly over kill and seemed there just for padding.

There was next to no character development. ¬†The plot, from cover to cover, took place over just a 24 hour period with a few flashes here and there as the protagonist reminisced. ¬†All the characters were horribly cliche… All of them.

The main character, Zack Lightman (cough >_>), is your typical stand-up-against-the-school-bully nerd who’s tall and dashing. ¬†He has daddy issues since his dad died when he was baby in a poop explosion accident. ¬†His super hot mother never got over her love for her deceased husband. ¬†Never tossed out anything that he had owned, which conveniently allowed the protagonist to¬†have access to all the secret, seemingly-paranoid filled journals and such. Oh, and Zack apparently can’t have internal dialogue without referencing any and all scifi movies/books/games/etc that his father had been obsessed with… In fact, I’m not sure that kid had any real feelings. ¬†It was always “this must have been how Luke Skywalker felt during blah blah blah”.really

His best friends, and most of the other characters in the boo,¬†are exactly what you’d think: there just for comic relief/filler. ¬†Zack’s boss is the owner/operator the local video game store where they don’t actually work. ¬†They just play video games all day and debate scifi stuff. You really don’t get to know anyone.

The two main games in the story, Terra Firma and Armada, also sounded too perfect. ¬†If you ranked up high enough, they waived your monthly fee and there were no micro-transactions. ¬†WHAT MMO DOESN’T HAVE MICRO-TRANSACTIONS?! ¬†C’MON!! What any-kind-of-game doesn’t have some form of micro-transactions anymore?

The rest of the side characters really weren’t anything special either. ¬†Of course he falls for the first girl he meets once things get rolling. ¬†Of course, she’s some super hacker, super hot, and way super awesome. ¬†Of course, she instantly falls for him too. ¬†Of course, there’s more to the alien invasion¬†than meets the eye. ¬†The government was secretly training people via video games to be able to fight the alien invasion… of course they were hiding other stuff too. ¬†Of course, Lightman was the one to do something about it once someone explained the secret plot to him in incredible detail.¬†Of course, someone saves his ass at just right the moment so he can go on to save the planet… multiple times.

Some character’s died, but they’re exactly who you’re going to expect to die. ¬†It was hard to feel sad over anyone’s death. ¬†An example of the cliche characters is¬†AtomicMom, the one non-teenager,non-government-player Elite Gamer. ¬†Of course, she was a single mother of boys, that worked as the school librarian, that also flinched any time anyone cussed, and that prayed at meals and before launches… >_> I know female gamers. ¬†They certainly aren’t anything like Ms. Debbie.

DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE EPILOGUE! OMG… that has to be the worst ending of a book I have ever read.

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Have you¬†read it yet? ¬†Let me know what you think. ¬†I really feel like I must have missed something major… this book couldn’t be that much of a disappointment. (Also, let me know what you think of this review… I wrote it while fuming over Armada…)signature 1

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Book Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 stars
My Rating: 2 stars (I was being generous).
Recommendations: Don’t bother.

What I Liked: The author had a different take on zombies than anything I’ve read/seen before.
What I Didn’t Like: Almost everything else.


To be horribly truthful, this book was painful for me to get through. I picked it up because this years is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Figured, Alice and Zombies… that has to be a pretty interesting read, right? No.

This books reads as if the author took writing tips from Stephenie Meyer. It read like a Twilight knock off. There was very little to do with the zombie part of things… and almost nothing of the Alice in Wonderland aspect. The only four¬†references:¬†the main character’s name was Alice (though she goes by Ali), one her friends went by the name Kat, Ali dressed as a gender-swapped Mad Hatter for Halloween, and that there were ominous white rabbit shaped clouds that somehow predicted something bad was going to happen. The latter was explained at some point. But I wasn’t happy with these references. Seriously.

And here come the spoilers…

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Book Review #1: FEED by Mira Grant

Goodreads Rating: 3.87 Stars
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Recommendations:  Get this book.  Immediately. 

What I Liked:  The main characters, the setting, the pace, the formatting of story vs blog posts in the book.

What I Didn’t Like: Some of the “incorrect” science,¬†a few things were overly repetitious, the big bag villain was a little too easy to pick up before the big surprise was revealed.


First, I’d like to start out by saying that by TBR list on Goodreads is getting a little out of control. I keep adding books and then forgetting that I have them there. ¬†I had planned on grabbing a copy of the Count of Monte Cristo to read between semesters and needed something to fill the time before I picked it up. ¬†So, perusing through my TBR list, I saw FEED. ¬†It’s been on my list quite a while. ¬†To the point that I’d forgotten when or why I added it and what it was about.

That being said, I thought this book was going to be about some psychopath feeding people to death while it would be live streamed on the internet. ¬†There’s a movie about that right? ¬†As impulsive as I am, I didn’t bother¬†actually reading the synopsis of the book. ¬†I just sent in the request to my local library.

A week later, picked up the book and finally read the back cover. ¬†I was wrong. ¬†This book isn’t about some dude trying to kill people. ¬†It’s a post-apocalyptic zombie book! ¬†I love zombie books!

But this isn’t quite your typical zombie book. ¬†While the zombies hold a large presence in the story, it’s more of the backdrop. ¬†Here is this world where humans have created a cure for the common cold. ¬†They’ve also created a cure for cancer. ¬†But those two cures didn’t interact well with each other. ¬†ZOMBIES!¬†The story follows Georgia and Shaun Mason, and Buffy, three professional bloggers that have teamed up to bring up the best news you can get. Each blogger has a specific role in their team: Georgia is the “Newsie”, she wants the cold, hard facts, and reports on just that; Shaun is the “Irwin” and goes out in the field to video tape himself poking zombies “for science!”; ¬†Buffy is their technical support and the Fictional blogger, she deals with all of their equipment such as servers, cameras, recorders, etc… all while writing poetry about zombies. The three of them have the bases covered. Early on, they’re invited to cover a presidential election, because life is supposed to be as normal as possible, even when zombies are walking around.¬† And that’s where things start to go wrong.

About this point, there may¬†be SPOILERS!!!¬† You may want to stop reading if you haven’t finished the book yet. ¬†Or keep reading if you don’t mind spoilers…

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