Title: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.75 stars)
Release Date: September 12, 2017
“Some people still say that Warcross is just a stupid game. Others say it’s a revolution. But for me and millions of others, it’s the only foolproof way to forget our troubles.”
I’ll be honest, I’m not into video games. I never really have been. But I have all the faith in Marie Lu, so I was optimistic going into this. I can tell you it did not disappoint me. We follow bounty hunter and hacker Emika Chen as she’s swept into the futuristic virtual world of Warcross to spy on the championship tournament and stop a major security threat. Warcross is a vibrant high-octane adventure story that fully immerses you into this virtual world.
Things I Liked
Emika Chen is my rainbow haired badass love. She is so amazing and I love her with all that I am. She is so smart and capable. She’s an amazing hacker and analyst and uses her skills to help other people and herself. She was such a fantastic MC, really easy to connect to and root for.
Emika and Hideo were such cuties! Emika has idolized Hideo Tanaka, Warcross’ illustrious creator, for years, but their romance never really felt instalove-y or forced to me. We see their relationship build and the respect they have for one another. They have great chemistry and banter and I like them a lot.
Not being a big gamer, I wasn’t sure how I would connect to the actual world of Warcross, but it was FANTASTIC. The world is so vibrant and clear, All of the futuristic elements work and are integrated into the story and society perfectly. The virtual reality is lush and interactive with the character’s daily lives. I also really liked the thriller elements we get from the Dark World, Warcross’ seedy underbelly. It added some great tension and acted as a physical threat, along with the security threat she was hired to find.
The game of Warcross itself was so captivating. I loved that it was a team game and each player specialized in a different role. It was like a massive VR game of capture the flag and I was so here for it. I liked all of Emi’s teammates and the interactions and can’t wait to see more of them.
Things I Didn’t Like
I feel like the other bounty hunters were basically useless in the story. Emika kinda seemed infallible compared to the other bounty hunters, who were never really mentioned. They didn’t add anything to the story.
I got a little less invested in certain characters as the story progressed. I felt like they became more fanatical and irrational – which is not a favorable combination for me personally. I could understand the intent behind their actions, but were a little much for me. I still liked the character, but I started to care about them less.
Warcross is an engaging story. It’s a surprising lesson in trust and ethics. We see the divide between what we are capable of and what we should do. There’s something so human in this virtual world that makes the story to captivating. It’s such a fantastic read and I recommend it to all science fiction fans out there. Or just anyone who wants to read a fantastic book.
I received a copy of the book from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Quotes are taken from an ARC and are subject to change.