I am SO happy with how many amazing books I’ve read so far in 2017. It’s safe to say that this has been the best year for YA for me yet! Continuing along with amazing 2017 releases: WARCROSS!
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 players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing 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.
Warcross By Marie Lu
Publication Date: September 12, 2017 (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
Started Reading: November 11, 2017
Finished Reading: November 18, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review is non-spoiler (as always!)
I am SO glad I decided to read this because oh my god I absolutely loved it. I was slow through the first 100 pages but mostly because I had been so busy, but last night I sat down to read a bit because I hadn’t done any reading the past few days and I ended up just devouring the whole book in one sitting. It was such a fast read and I could not put it down. If you love action, this will not disappoint. It’s perfect for scifi and video game fans. The fast pace will keep you completely engulfed in the world and you will zoom through it (I promise!)
I am not usually a huge science fiction fan, but I do really enjoy the scifi aspects that Warcross has. I know a lot of people relate it to Ready Player One but it really does remind me of that book. If you are a fan of virtual reality type scifi, then this is the book for you. I think that another reason that I loved the scifi in this book was the fact that it felt near-future instead of far-future. I have a hard time following along with far-future scifi stories (even with movies), but that was not the case with this book. Also, the bounty hunting in the book is badass, it was exciting and terrifying at the same time!
I have mentioned a few times in reviews that I struggle a lot with getting confused in books. I often find it hard to keep characters straight and understanding storylines for some reason, but I was really happy that I had no issues with Warcross. Marie Lu did an incredible job with building with world, story and characters that I never felt like I had to go back and check who is who, or why something is happening. Even though there are quite a few characters, I never had an issue remembering each of them.
Speaking of characters, I ADORED Emika. She was everything I could want from a main character! Emi was incredibly smart, and I loved reading about the hacking. Yall know I love the TV show Mr. Robot so whenever I get to read books or watch shows about hacking I am ALL about it! I know absolutely nothing about hacking, but maybe that’s why I find it so exciting.
A lot of other reviews I read mentioned that their favourite part was the ending. That was not the case for me. I actually thought the ending was pretty predictable from the beginning, so I was just waiting for the “twist” to happen. When it did, because I had seen it coming, it felt a little anticlimactic (there was one aspect of the ending that I didn’t see coming though). That being said, I don’t think it was a bad ending, I did really enjoy the twist and am really excited to see what will happen in the next book!
If you take away one thing from this pretty messy review: READ THIS BOOK! You will be so glad you did 🙂