Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing Warcross by Marie Lu. I hope you enjoy! And just for reviewing purposes, I am reviewing this book as an ARC, so some small things might be changed for in the final book.
Release date: September 12, 2017
Hardcover page count: 416
My rating: 3/5
Created ten years ago by a young inventor, Warcross has captivated the minds of the people of the world ever since. Played on the NeuroLink, virtual reality glasses also created by the inventor of Warcross, millions of people play and watch Warcross like a competitive sport. Emika Chen is a bounty hunter, one who catches people who bet illegally on this online games to make money in really life. But while watching the opening game for the Warcross World Championships, a quick hack to help her earn some quick cash accidentially ends with her glitching into the game. But contrary to her fear of being arrested, the creator of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka offers her an offer. Go undercover in this year's Warcross championships and figure out a security problem and you will be rewarded generously. So now directly thrust into the world of celebrities and shimmering Tokyo lights, Emika must now uncover a plot that may lead to sinister ends.
Let's begin with what I enjoyed about this book. Lu has truly created a world that is a masterpiece, advance technologies and amazing sights littering the place. I don't think that I have ever fallen in love with a book's setting as much as this one. Lu's world is one completely emerged with virtual reality, something so surreal and beautiful that it makes me look forward to the future of this technology. The game, Warcross, was also very well thought out, it's various worlds and levels a game that I would like to learn more about in the sequel.
The second thing that I really enjoyed was the ending. That's right, and the ending was actually my favorite part of the book. to be quiet frank, most of the book was slow and not with many sudden revelations, but when I read the ending I was like whoa, I can't wait for the sequel.
Now on to what I did not like. For one, the relationship between Emika and Hideo was one that seemed rushed an unnatural. Yeah, he hires this hacker/bounty hunter to help him out. But according to him, he has done this with several others. This is why I found it strange that he just happens to frequently invite her out and tell her secrets of his past that he hasn't told others before. Even when she first met him, his various employees were like 'omg you being here is making him so much happier'. The whole relationship just seemed overly forced.
The second thing that I did not really like was the fact that even with little schooling, Emika still happens to be a super amazing hacker. How did that happen? It's not that I really mind, besides that fact both her and Hideo were super great characters, but why is she just this supernaturally good?
And the final thing that I did not really like, which isn't much of a criticism, is various under explained aspects. For example, how do people play the actual game? Do they have to move around their bodies physically, or do they just sit down. And what about other aspects of the world? How are other technologies doing, how are people getting to their jobs. If people can virtually be in places, can't they just sit at home the whole day instead of going to work. I just hope that some of these questions can be answered in the next book.
Overall, I found that while this book had an amazing world some of the events seemed kind of bland and predictable. I definitely will read the sequel because I really enjoyed the ending of this book. But in the end, I feel like a lot of the hype was just hype. Several book tropes went into this book, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. The book was still, good but I just wish that some things were changed. I would recommend this book for people who like books with lots of futurisic technologies and especially virtual reality.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review. If there are any books in particular that you would like to see me review, please let me know in the comments.
Until next time!
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