“I know that the future is scary at times. But there’s just no escaping it.”
What you saw up there was my book cover for design for “Armada” by “Ernest Cline”. The picture of the book cover is put together by me. The little boy sitting down looking at the spaceship is Zackary Lightman, the protagonist, who grew up playing the world’s most addicting games Terra Firma and Armada which were about spaceships. The spaceship is him learning that his “fantasy” is actually the reality.
I believe that the theme in Armada is that fantasy is like a dream, it may become a good dream or a nightmare. Zackary Lightman wished for his fantasy to become reality however when it became reality, he wasn’t ready and he had to pay the price. At first, he seemed like a regular child constantly falling asleep in class however as the story slowly progresses he becomes more and more serious and he turns from a regular child to one of the world’s savior. On page 297, it states that “If we don’t end war, war will end us”. The EDA (Earth defence alliance) wanted to win the war however Zack wanted to end it which turned out to be very successful.
In the end Zack found that he has ended the war successfully and that his plan has succeeded, he destroyed the mass murder weapon designed by the EDA to destroy the planet Europa (The enemies’ home planet) and made peace with the enemy. However he lost a whole lot during the war and his losses made him the way he is now. He discovered that the Alien fleet was all controlled by a machine that was from a council formed by many other planets.
My book cover is a bit random because Armada is extremely random. Random things happen every second, first you start off at a normal school then you realize video-games are simulations designed by the government to train the citizens for the upcoming war and you realize everything was just a test generated by some highly intelligent artificial being made to test other planets to see if they are worthy to join the council made by other planets.
“If there were other civilizations out there, why would they ever want to make contact with humanity? If this was how we treated each other, how much kindness could we possibly show to some race of bug-eyed beings from beyond?”
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