Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Marie Lu has done it again, she's managed to take all of the guess work and complications out of creating a great story with diverse characters. We have our Asian main character with four teammates, Emika's teammates include one black girl with curly natural hair (although I had to suspend my disbelief during a morning scene and she wasn't wearing a sleep cap. Just sayin'), a boy (their team leader as a matter of fact) in a wheelchair, a gay British guy, and the plain old white guy. It was lovely without being too much.

  • Emika, she was like a lonewolf and had rainbow colored hair. Two thumbs up.
  • The diverse cast. If they ever make this into a movie, I'm auditioning (like that'll ever happen)
  •  Going into the dark net. Seeing the seedy underground of the tech world was fascinating. 
  • There was a pretty big reveal at the end. I actually called it early on in the book, but not because of anything that the author did wrong, I just had a gut feeling!
  • Soooo, without any spoilers, I was able to draw some pretty important conclusions about the book and it's characters from one word on the cover. That's all I will say.
  • I wish there had been more interaction between Emika and her teammates, I feel like we didn't really get to know anything about them.(Although a big nod to that side romance. I totally called it). I'm going to assume we'll learn more about the others in future books.
  •  When reading about the games that teams competed in... I think I was expecting something more like Ready Player One, but each competition moved at a much faster pace. It was great, I think I just had the wrong mindset. I think wanting games or puzzles that took the characters longer to solved would have helped us to learn more about them.
While I had some issues with the book (very small issues) I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to seeing what Marie Lu comes up with next. #warcross 

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