Review: Warcross


Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Published: 2017
Page Count: 353
Rating: 3/5

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Emika Chen is a bounty hunter. She hunts down players of Warcross who are illegally betting, that the local police do not have time to capture. She has a huge amount of debt and she will take any job that she can get. One night, during the opening game of the Warcross Championships, Emika tries to make some money by hacking the game but instead she accidentally glitches herself into the game. Emika immediately is worried she will be found out and arrested since everyone saw her face. But she gets a call from Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross and Emika’s idol. He offers Emika a job to be his spy in the tournament in Tokyo to help with a security issue in the game. But as Emika gets closer to discovering what is really going on, it may all be too late.

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This is my first Marie Lu book and from reviews that I have read and watched, it seems to be her best book so far. And that makes me nervous about reading her previous books. I enjoyed Warcross but I was left disappointed. I went into the story thinking that it was going to be all about this virtual reality video game. And while the story does revolve around the game of Warcross, we don’t get to see the game in play as much as I wanted. I also made the mistake of going into it thinking it was going to be like Ready Player One. Ummm… no. I guess if you were looking for something similar to Ready Player One then you might pick this up but I didn’t think that it was anywhere near as good as Ready Player One.

First off, Emika is not that interesting to me. We are told in almost E.V.E.R.Y. single chapter that she has rainbow hair. Why do I need to keep being reminded of that? I can clearly look at the cover of the book and say “oh that’s what her hair looks like, cool!” But another chapter later and we are told again. And again. And yet again. See? Isn’t that annoying? We meet Emika’s roommate, Keira, who literally has no significance to the story. She is in maybe two chapters and then she’s gone. Hideo Tanaka was very mysterious in the beginning and something didn’t seem right with him. But as we keep reading, I warm up to his character. He’s dark and mysterious and I like my male characters that way.

Warcross is basically like capture the flag but set in these crazy worlds with power ups and obstacles. You’re teammates all have a different role.
Captain – leader and sends commands to his/her teammates.
Fighter – carries weapons and attacks the opposing team
Shield – defense and protecting teammates from opposing fighters
Thief – steals from opposing team
Architect – controls the landscape
But guess what? We only get to see one full Warcross game in the book. And parts of other games. I did enjoy all of Emika’s teammates. Except for Ren. He’s suspicious from the begging and I don’t like him. Asher, Hammie and Roshan are all great characters. The romance in the book is very very cute, I will admit but by the end of the book, I could care less about the characters.

Am I excited for the next book, Wildcard? No. Will I read it? Probably, but I’m not going to run out and buy it the day it is released. You would think with all of the raving reviews that I would have been blown away by this book, but I was just left disappointed and with a lot of unanswered questions. I hope that my questions are answered in the next book and that it leaves me satisfied.

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