How awesome was Ready Player One?
The answer is something inbetween the awesomest possible thing and Highlander! TRON! War Games! OH MY GOD.
Ernest Cline, in a blog post from 2012, says very little about the plot of his next book, Armada. What he does say is,
[…] if you enjoyed Ready Player One, I strongly suspect that you’ll enjoy Armada, too.
Over on Goodreads, the expected publication appears to be sometime in 2015, which is a pretty long timespan for a waiting on-post, but it doesn’t make it any less true – I’m waiting hard. Goodreads offers the following description:
Zack Lightman is daydreaming through another dull math class when the high-tech dropship lands in his school’s courtyard-and when the men in the dark suits and sunglasses leap out of the ship and start calling his name, he’s sure he’s still dreaming.
But the dream is all too real; the people of Earth need him. As Zack soon discovers, the videogame he’s been playing obsessively for years isn’t just a game; it’s part of a massive, top-secret government training program, designed to teach gamers the skills they’ll need to defend Earth from a possible alien invasion. And now…that invasion is coming.
As he and his companions prepare to enter their ships and do battle, Zack learns that the father he thought was dead is actually a key player in this secret war. And together with his father, he’ll uncover the truth about the alien threat, race to prevent a genocide, and discover a mysterious third player in the interplanetary chess game he’s been thrown into.
I think my weakness for gamer nerds and Ender Wiggin-ish spoofs and crazy eighties things is becoming a problem. Probably a problem. Wait, where’s my corduroy ensemble? I wish I had a corduroy ensemble.