This Is officially my SECOND review of the year! Can you believe it? It still boggles my mind that we’re still only in the month of January! For those who don’t know, I’m a HUGE fan of Marie Lu’s trilogy, so I was in a REALLY good place to start her new book.
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.
One of the things I liked most about this book was definitely the worldbuilding. If the world seems well-rounded and makes sense, I’m all for it. Spending time and learning about this whole gamer world was HIGHLY entertaining.
The only thing I have a problem about the worldbuilding was the fact that the game didn’t make sense. I guess it’s supposed to be a very capture the flag type game? I felt that this book didn’t do a very good job explaining things for me because I’m not a very video game-eccentric type person. Now don’t get me wrong, just because I don’t know terms from video games doesn’t mean I’m completely in the dark. One of my favorite books of last year was Ready Player One, and it was a hardcore gaming novel.
A lot of the time while reading this book I felt that Marie Lu tried to stuff too much into the novel. It felt more like a sparks note version of a book rather than the actual book. I get that it has an agenda to accomplish, and if it doesn’t reach certain points at certain times things can seem boring, but this was the type of book that I felt just needed to slow down and explore the characters and the world more in order to fully comprehend.
While there weren’t many characters enjoyed, I did enjoy learning about the creator named Hideo. Out of all of the character’s he was the one that felt the most fleshed out and explored. I think that’s saying something considering that he’s not even the main character.
The villain had no motivation and the ending was rushed.
Out of all of the problems in this book, the one I had the most problem with was the ending. While this is a hot topic of debate, I do feel that the ending is the most important part of the story. For one, it’s the part most people remember, and secondly, it’s the part the whole book has been building up too. If the beginning makes promises that can’t keep, it will lose readers.
This whole book we spend trying to find out who’s done it, and at the LAST possible moment the “dots” connect very messily.
Overall, the book wasn’t my favorite. The book seemed rushed, the villain wasn’t as fleshed out as I hoped, and the mechanics of the game didn’t make sense. Although I did enjoy the character’s and the world, it ended up not shaping to be my favorite. :-/
That’s my review for Warcross by Marie Lu! While I am sad I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, I am hoping to get to The Young Elites series by her soon. Thank’s for reading!