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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

 

Format: Hardback ARC, 368 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: September 12th, 2017
My rating: 4 un-glitching, shining 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 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.”

 

I’d like to thank Penguin Random House for this ARC to be reviewed. This gorgeous, delightful HARDBACK book is the current obsession of my life. I’m soooo in love with the plain white cover but colorful, eyecatching logo of Warcross on it. Brace yourself for many pretty pictures to come in the future.

I personally thought this book was as fun inside as it looked on the outside. I may have soft spots for books about video games and virtual reality so that could be the reason why I really enjoyed this as well, despite the minor glitches. See what I did there. 

Set between New York and Tokyo in the not so distant future where virtual reality is the new norm, everyone who is anyone is obsessed with playing with Warcross or integrating it into their daily lives. Created by Hideo Tanaka at the age of thirteen, Warcross is a virtual reality video game. The story follows our rainbow-haired heroine, Emika Chan, who is a bounty hunter trying to make ends meet by finding petty criminals in return for reward cash. In a moment of decision to make more cash, Emika hacks into the opening game of the annual International Warcross Championship, only to be glitched into the public eye and discovered by the entire world. Instead of being arrested, Emika is hired by the game’s creator to be a player and a spy from the inside of the game’s tournament. But the further she advances, the further Emika finds herself in the midst of a sinister plot that could change Warcross forever.

Marie Lu not only executes the story well but she built the plot beautifully along with incredible world descriptions. Throughout the book, it is so easy to visualize new arenas and exciting challenges or powerups that players compete to get. The entire book is well equipped with action that will keep you on the edge of your seat and characters/players that have you falling in love with them that you start rooting for the teams as if you’re playing in the Warcross games as well. Also lets not forget the game references, YAS QUIDDITCH and Call of Duty.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOW SO MANY BOOKS ARE INTO DIVERSITY LATELY LIKE YESS YA WRITERS YOU ARE DOING THIS RIGHT: WONDER WOMAN, T.H.U.G. AND NOW WARCROSS! Having our main character, Emika who is a Chinese-American, Hideo (pronounced as Hih-day-oh) is Japanese, the captain of the team that Emika joins is in a wheelchair and there’s Roshan and Tremaine who are gay. I am so in love with all the characters, they possess such lovable and memorable qualities with such amazing depth, and their diversity and I’m so glad that Marie Lu included this into her book.

Despite everything that I love, there’s a few glitches that caught my attention, which maybe would be settled in the sequel. And even if I did manage to see a few things coming, like who Zero was, I was also gladly surprised with a few things, like who the other bounty hunter is and the major reveal at the end.

BEFORE I FORGET, I must include all the food that Marie Lu mentioned, like hello the hotel food itself sounded AHHMAYYZING LIKE BRING ME TO TOKYO ALREADY. AND GUYS, HIDEO COOKS. I’m sold.

Warcross ending definitely sets up a good pathway into an amazing sequel and I just can’t wait for it.

Till the next post!

-K

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