I really enjoyed Armada, I felt myself actually wanting to read it. Which is unusual for me. I liked it so much because of Zack and Lex’s relationship, the idea of an AI giving humanity a test, and Zack finally meeting his father after 18 years.
Zack and Lex’s relationship felt real and it was a great part of the book. Unlike Ernest Cline’s previous book he didn’t fall in love with this girl, it was a breath of fresh air because it felt real. It started with them casually flirting. With Zack sometimes being awkward like he really should be. He’s a nerd who plays video games all day, he wouldn’t be able to just whisk her off her feet. He had to work for it. It made for an amusing bit while they were meeting, he eventually got her to like him and they started to work together during the story. Lex had a relatively small part showing up when it was convenient, like her hacking something to move the plot along but I thought her role was necessary. It makes sense to me that teenagers or really anyone would find someone like them in a world ending scenario like this. Zack never scared her off or had rash feelings like Wade did in Ready Player One, it just felt like a large step up from the relationship from Ready Player One. It was a background story but I found myself rooting for Zack when he finally was able to actually go on a date with her.
The entire time ,during Armada, you are under the impression that the enemies are some race of aliens who pilot drones and are trying to destroy earth’s civilization for no apparent reason. It turns out that there was a pretty big reason. It was funny to me to think that after Nixon saw a swastika on Europa that he would immediately panic and fire off a nuclear missile at some moon he knew nothing about. To turn out to be some AI that was testing the human civilization for a bigger purpose was a great way to end the book. Looking back there are so many things foreshadowing this. AI was one of the things that Zack was thinking the aliens could possibly be but he never really confirms he actually truly thinks this. He always sticks with some sort of species of alien. The drones flying like they were video game AI was another foreshadowing that makes the book even better looking back. Xavier’s theories on how the aliens were testing humanity was a great way to install this, you already know he was right about the EDA being real so you have no reason to deny his theories. It turned out being right which showed how Xavier seemed to always be in the right.
Zack had always dreamed of his father somehow being alive, and that turned out to be true. I loved the part when he finds out his father is alive because it showed a lot about Zack’s character. He acted like a hurt little boy and it seemed like he was, he was a boy who just wanted to know his father. He was bullied for having a father who died in a “shit factory” but turns out his father was helping save the world. When Zack met Xavier, it was a great moment because he was speechless. Who would really know what to say in a situation like this, then his silence became anger and it perfectly depicted his character. He is just a hurt boy who never knew his father and he hated him for it. Then he started to learn to love his father to only have him taken from him. He developed into a new person, he had gotten closure about his father and he just wanted to keep him around. He thought he may have him around for a long time after he survived his kamikaze run, but it seemed like Xavier had a death wish. Now he was fatherless again but he didn’t react like last time. No, he was a more mature person now. He was no longer that little boy who just wanted to meet his father who everyone told him was dead for so many years. Having Zack meet his father was a great decision by Cline and made the book so much better.
I really enjoyed reading Armada, it’s whole plot grabbed me into the world. I liked it so much because of Zack and Lex’s relationship, the whole idea of the AI being the real mastermind behind the attacks on earth, and how Zack was able to meet his father for the first time.
In Ready Player One, Wade Watts is an extremely unhealthy character. He shows this by his unhealthy obsession with Halliday and his egg, his disregard to his consequences in getting dozens of people killed, and his unhealthy internet relationship with Art3mis.
Wade worships James Halliday like he is a god. He even used Halliday’s journal as some kind of bible telling the reader verses from it. He even writes the verses in a form you may used for reciting the Bible. He refers to it his every move, and he sees Halliday as some kind of god. It seemed like so many people in the world saw Halliday as some kind of god, he created a new reality, but at the end of the day he may be some kind of devil. He created a world where people would not live actual lives, no matter how real it seemed the feelings and experiences were all fake. Wade and the rest of the world were living a lie. At the end of the book, the only thing that gets Wade out of the Oasis is Halliday telling him to. I do not think he would have done that on his own, even for Art3mis. Even if Halliday created some kind of new world for people to explore, he was no role model. He stayed inside all day and showed no social skills whatsoever. At his own funeral, his guests were a computer simulated falsity made with fake characters from the film Heathers. Humans are supposed to mix. Wade worships this man and it cannot lead anywhere good.
Wade had gotten a dozen or more people killed and did not seem to care about any of them. The only exception was an old woman that he had grown fond of because she sometimes let him sleep in her trailer. He did not seem to care that his own Aunt was killed in the bombing from IOI. She may have let her boyfriend abuse him, but that is no reason to not even mourn her death. Being responsible for someone’s death is not a simulation and he acts like he would act if someone was to die in the Oasis. He didn’t care. No one in his trailer park had ever showed him kindness but that does not mean he can just throw their lives away. Is a simulated world more important than people’s lives? He was not the one who killed them but he is responsible, he should have felt more of the weight of their deaths. Wade’s relationship with Art3mis is a nail in his coffin of unhealth. He was in love with her way before he even met her, reading her blogs, and looking at her avatar’s screenshots. Once he had met her he just couldn’t help himself, he even risked the competition by giving her help on a trial. Once they start “dating” the two of them cannot stop talking. This would be fine if they had actually been able to see each other in real life. If they could actually see each other with their own eyes and be able to even touch each other. Humans are not meant to be falling in love with someone in a made up world, yes he can “feel” her but it isn’t the same. It’s through his haptic suit he uses for the Oasis. It isn’t the same. Then he fell in love with her. Her reaction said it all. She was outraged by his love towards her and stopped talking to him, but with my dismay the reader learned she loved him too. At the end of the story they met in real life and got back together, that was the only healthy part of the relationship. It seemed like this was normal in the Oasis, people falling in love, that is very very unhealthy. It mirrors our world in a way with people finding each other on the internet and sometimes they don’t even know if they look or even sound like who they portray themselves. In the book it shows this by Wade and Art3mis always joking about her being a fat 300 pound man living in his own basement. Wade always brushed this off, but any normal healthy person would see this and run. You cannot grow old with someone in a simulation and be happy.
Wade Watts is an unhealthy person, but who can even be healthy in a world he lives in. Wade presents this in his obsession in Halliday, his lack of caring about getting a dozen people killed, and his relationship with Art3mis.
My short story was changed completely. I wanted to write a story about how Abraham Lincoln fought in the space force, but now I realize that that is not practical for a serious story. It changed to a story about another world that revolves around kingdoms and magic. It changed to this because I knew I could write a much more serious story about a story about propaganda about Abraham Lincoln. It is not the best story I have written and I honestly do not know what is, I feel like any author will never actually enjoy their own writing like they enjoy someone else’s. The thing that I like about my story is that I was able to write a story in the same world as one of my other stories, I never liked the previous stories where I tried to do that. I do not like how my story compares to others stories, their stories just seem better than mine. That may be because I just don’t like my work or maybe it is because I am secretly a bad writer.
I have not finished my first book, I am half way through it. I am liking it so far because of the references to video games. It is a story that I can relate to because I play a lot of video games, I like the story because it involves a lot of references and it feels like if that were actually happen to society then this is what would be the outcome. I also can relate to all of the talking in chatroom because it reminds me of an old Xbox live party. I did not think that I should be finished by now I guess I am going to have to be binging
my book now. Sadly for me I am the slowest reader in the world and am easily distracted.