Ernest Cline starts off introducing the main character, Zack Lightman, a nerdy teen who loves video games. He dreams of his dull boring reality transforming into an exciting sci-fi-filled adventure. Zack lost his father at an early age and has been raised by his hard-working mother who isn’t home much due to her busy work schedule. Although having an anger problem, Zack is a very smart and caring person. He spends most of time at his part-time job, a video game store owned by his bizarre adult friend. His favorite video game is called Armada, and he and his friends have been obsessed with it. Zack has a special talent at the game and has found himself making, at times, the “world leader board.” His boring life all changes in the blink of an eye, literally, when one day he is sitting in his math class and sees what looks like a U.F.O. After no one else notices it, he thinks he is just going crazy until he sees the U.F.O again. His whole life is about to change and the destiny of the earth is now in his hands.
Cline does a great job of adding suspense and keeping the reader always interested. I found myself not being able to put down the book at times. His use of character development also helped me stayed hooked in. I recommend this book to people who enjoy science fiction and action novels, especially if those who read and enjoyed Cline’s first novel, Ready Player One.