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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date July 2, 2015
Pages 355
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781780891897
ISBN-10 178089189X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.06 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $20.40
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 videogame 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.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780804137256
 
from Crown Pub (July 14, 2015)
9780804137256 | details & prices | 355 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $26.00
About: From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline can.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780099586746 Book cover for 9780442015763 Book cover for 9780804137270 Book cover for 9781780891897
 
Reprint edition from Broadway Books (April 12, 2016)
9780804137270 | details & prices | 372 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.00
About: From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline can.
from Gardners Books (February 11, 2016)
9780099586746 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $13.10
About: Its just another day of high school for Zack Lightman Hes daydreaming through another boring math class with just one more month to go until graduation and freedomif he can make it that long without getting suspended again Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer At first Zack thinks hes going crazy A minute later hes sure of it Because the UFO hes staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armadain which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders But what Zacks seeing is all too real And his skillsas well as those of millions of gamers across the worldare going to be needed to save the earth from whats about to befall it Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught Zack cant help thinking of all the sciencefiction books TV shows and movies he grew up reading and watching and wonder Doesnt something about this scenario seem a little tooS familiar
The price comparison is for this edition
from Gardners Books (July 2, 2015)
9781780891897 | details & prices | 355 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.06 lbs | List price $20.40
About: Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming.
With Harold Olin | Workbook edition from Van Nostrand Reinhold (June 1, 1995); titled "Construction: Principles, Materials & Methods"
9780442015763 | details & prices | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $21.95
This edition also contains Construction: Principles, Materials & Methods
CD/Spoken Word
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With Wil Wheaton (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (July 14, 2015)
9780804149112 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.58 lbs | List price $45.00
About: From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline can.

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