Book Review : Warcross By Marie Lu

Warcross Book Cover Warcross
Marie Lu
Young Adult Fiction
Penguin
2017
368

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.

The Story :

Emika is a teenager who is a finding ways to make money so that her landlord doesn’t throw her out of her house. When her regular bounty hunting doesn’t get her the money, she is really desperate. To relax from her stressful day, Emika decides to log in into the extremely popular and addictive game, Warcross. Warcross is this virtual reality based game which literally takes you to an alternate world. This game also has world championships. That night when Emika logs into her profile, it is the opening night of one such championship. Now Emika is a world class hacker and is has found some glitches in the game. That fateful night, she decides to play around with those hacks and accidentally glitches the game and makes her avatar visible to the whole world.

Overnight, Emika’s life is transformed. Her hero and creator of Warcross, the boy genius Hideo Tanaka, asks her to come and work for him in Tokyo, with all her debts settled. While this all seems like a dream come true for Emika, there is a dark side lurking under this dream. Emika works through the task Hideo assigns her, under the guise of a team member of one of the world championship team, playing for the championships. Emika soon realizes everyone around her wears a mask and she is scared of what would happen when the masks fall off. The world of Warcross and its players is at a huge risk, and Emika may be the only one to stop it.

The Review :

Though I had been hearing about Warcross a lot, I hadn’t read it’s blurb or the reviews till I actually started reading the book. So I went into the book, oblivious to the content and only knowing that it was a great book. Boy I so loved it. A world where people are addicted to a game this big, the protagonists being programmers and hackers, this was a my kind of book! I loved the character development of Emika and her reactions to everything happening around her felt real. Warcross is a really visual book which paints the images around you as you speed through the pages.

Warcross is really unpredictable to the last word and that was the favourite part for me. Though I had a few suspicions around a few characters, it was still a big shock when I read the twists. I loved all the characters in Warcross and there was some good focus given to every character mentioned. Talking about characters, Warcross has a diverse set of characters featuring Asian characters in the lead, showcasing a Warcross team captain who in reality is a wheelchair-ridden teenager, and also having a pair of male characters with a significant past (i hope to see a more detailed development on this front the future books). Emika’s character is shown as a real bad-ass character who has suffered a lot and really misses her father. She sports rainbow hair and loves going around the city on her electric hover/skate-board.

The game Warcross is the best part of the book. It has been described in a very visual way and I loved reading about the matches Emika’s team have. I actually got the feeling of watching the characters play the game. It was similar to the way J.K. Rowling described her Quidditch matches. Warcross match itself is very much like a Quidditch match, with the difference that in Quidditch you catch the Snitch to end the game while in Warcross you get the other team’s artifact to end the game.

Recommendation :

I truly enjoyed Warcross and I just cannot wait for its sequel to release. Warcross was one of my most epic reads of 2017, and that’s saying something since I have been reading books like the Six of Crows Duology before I read Warcross!

I would recommend it to any one who enjoys a fantasy world, with a very twisted storyline!

2 Comments

  1. Whoo, another fan of Warcross! I hadn’t read anything of Marie Lu before this book, but ever since I want to read more of her work. Wonder Woman is already on my physical TBR, but I definitely want to pick up some of her older work as well.
    Also, more books in the gaming world! Ready Player One was a winner for me as well, so I’ll also have to look for more books like these, haha.

    Lovely review!

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  2. I’m so excited for this book! I used to game a lot when I was younger (not so much now—just a few games here and there when I have time) so this seems right up my alley, honestly. And I’ve read & loved Marie Lu previously, so I’m looking forward to this one. 🙂

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