Seriously, the concept of this book is amazing and I was really excited about it. It is full of references and I felt myself smiling so many times. There were also naturally some references I did not get, but that was not a problem for me. I am not a hardcore gamer, but I do love video games and pop culture and I found many things I like in this book.
However, I had some issues with the book. The idea behind it is great (imagine being able to play your favourite video game in real life to save your planet, sounds cool right?) but the storyline was weird. I was always expecting something big to happen and I am still expecting it honestly. I felt like nothing really happened in the whole book so I struggle a bit at time.
The beginning was particularly hard for me, I almost gave up because there were too many description scenes of the Armada's missions and I got bored and distracted easily. But once I arrived almost halfway through it, I really wanted to learn more.
I started to feel that something was wrong about all that and I had so many theories in my head, but in the end, I was disappointed by the ending.
Apart from that, I liked Zack, he was a great main character because nothing was special about him. He was just the most ordinary teenage boy there is and I liked that. We do not really get enough of the other characters to have an opinion about them.
In brief, the book was not as bad as everyone says it was, at least in my opinion. True, it was not as good as Ready Player One, but I still had a great time reading this. 3/5 stars.