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.

Book Review : Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows Book Cover Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
Juvenile Fiction
Macmillan
September 29, 2015
480

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone... A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

 

The Story: 

Six of Crows is based on the same world as that of the Grisha Trilogy series. I have not read that series yet, but basically what I understood about the Grisha is that they are supernatural human possessing special gifts like altering some one’s looks, taking control of some one’s body, and much more. Six of Crows doesn’t tell a story about the Grisha, but it does include them and is set in some places in the Grisha world. Kaz Brekker is a 17 yr old leader of the Dregs, a gang in the city of Ketterdam. He is offered a huge sum for breaking in to the most secure prison, the Ice Court in Fjerda, and getting a scientist out who is making a drug that can enhance the Grisha abilities dangerously. But Kaz needs a group of people he can trust and who are skilled enough to pull this heist off. So the group or the Six of Crows that he gathers are :

  • Inej : A young girl, trained acrobat, who walks without being noticed and can scale any walls with ease.
  • Nina : A Grisha (Heartrender) who joins the quest to save the Grisha from the drug
  • Matthias : A is a former Druskelle from Fjerda. he was caught in another prison in Hellgate, before he is rescued by Kaz and reluctantly joins the quest.
  • Jesper : A sharpshooter, who is part of the Dregs
  • Wylan : Son of the man who hires Kaz for the heist. He is used for his knowledge in demolitions and as a hostage against his father.

The Review :

Six of Crows is told from multiple perceptive, of all six members and some other characters. It is a long story, full of continuous twists and turns, each more shocking than the previous and everything happening at a very fast pace. At times, the reader is treated to a backstory as well, which helps to understand the characters but doesn’t necessarily help the story line at all times. What surprised and enthralled me most was how nothing was predictable in this book. When ever I felt that a particular thing will surely happen, something totally unexpected was thrown at me!

The character development of all main characters was the best. I especially adored Kaz and Inej. Kaz was a completely emotionless and highly witty with mastermind plans up his sleeve, and he has a limp. The only times he did show some emotions involved Inej. Inej is again a very strong character with a difficult past but with a dream to fulfill. I like how Ms. Bardugo hasn’t wasted too much time developing a love story aspect for Kaz and Inej, which would have been distracting to read in this fast paced story. I do ship them like several other readers of this book and I hope the second and final book does have some romance to swoon on.

I did take a hell of time to finish this book, which is not because of the book but because of me not able to dedicated enough time for it each day. Otherwise because of the pace of the story, you can easily finish it in a couple of days even though the book is a little big. It is an engrossing read! I recommend it to all fantasy, thriller genre lovers.

Have you read this? How did you find it? What are you reading currently?