Statesman Selects July 2015: ARMADA


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. July’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.

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 video games 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? Zack 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.
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?


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.


Built like a summer blockbuster Cline recombines the DNA of Ender’s Game, Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, and old-school arcade games like Asteroids into something that’s both familiar and unpredictable. It’s a mutant homage to sci-fi tropes past.

A thrilling coming-of-age story.
Entertainment Weekly

Video games come to life in this witty, extraterrestrial thriller.
New York Post

Armada Extras

  • The the reverse of the book’s cover is a poster.
  • Ernie was kind enough to throw in a playlist.

BTW, the Armada Tumblr is awesome.

We hope you can join us here at BookPeople when we celebrate Armada with Ernie, Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm!

3 thoughts on “Statesman Selects July 2015: ARMADA

  1. Currently, I am reading Ready Player One because my son Alexander F. looks just like the comic strip and new book cover art and he auditioned for the main character Wade Watts. Of course he said that they, copied him. We live in New Jersey, how can we get personally autographed copies of both books? It was my time in the eighties since I had two National commercials aired then, Honda Scooter with Lou Reed and Pioneer Stereo TV Ad-1980’s. I was the tall one with the long blond hair.
    I thank you for your time. Michele

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