Hey guys and gals, I am FINALLY here with the Warcross review! I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to get this review out, I have just been SO busy with moving house! There is a lot to do and it gets v stressful! However, I move on Monday so hopefully I can get back in a bit of a blogging routine once again (at least until I start Uni and then it all goes tits up again😂)
So, the book I’m reviewing is Warcross by Marie Lu and I’m not going to mess around with intros (as I’m sure you all know it) and I’m just going to get straight into the post!
If you want to see my announcement of this book, including my first impressions and expectations, then you can check that out here!
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.
What I liked
So, I was super excited to read this book as it sounded like my sort of book down to a tee! However, they’re were definitely things I liked about it a lot more than some other stuff.
The basic plot idea was intriguing…
I liked what this book claimed to be. This sounds bad but I read the blurb and was super excited. However, the book didn’t cut it. But I did like what it was attempting to be (and some times was!) just not to it’s full potential.
The use of tropes…
This book had a good trope running through it which I think was very suitable. It used a ‘rags to riches’ trope in the sense that Emika is down on hard times and is swept up overnight into a life of glitz and glamour, which rich heartthrob included! This is always a very exciting trope and if you like this sort of thing then I’d definitely recommend you reading this!
The POC and disability representation was one of the best things about this book. It was so nice to read a book with several POC characters and even a MC in a wheelchair who wasn’t treated any different for it!
What I didn’t like
I’m not going to lie, there were quite a lot of things that didn’t sit well with me in this book.
There were times where the writing fell short…
There were many times throughout this book where the writing came across as more MG than YA. It was partly because of the constant mentioning of Emika’s ‘rainbow hair’ and a LOT of telling vs showing. I didn’t even know what ‘telling vs showing’ meant until I read this book. There were a lot of cases where Lu would make a statement of realisation of the MC of what she would want the reader to take away from the story, almost as if she didn’t trust her writing enough for it to be able to portray that on its own.
Some of the plot points were predictable and cliche…
Like I said at the beginning I loved the plot and what this book COULD have been. But it never got there. Most of the plot was predictable, like the awful Fifty Shades of Grey type romance that started. I was actually enjoying the book until that point! It just wasn’t necessary and there were a lot of points that just weren’t written well. For example, she’s a hacker however whenever she hacked it was ‘She typed a bit of code’ and there was nothing extending beyond that to truly bring that part of her character to life.
Overall, I don’t really know what to think of this book. There were parts that were so creative and I lived for it, yet there were parts where I felt like I was reading a a weird virtual plot of Fifty Shades of Grey. It was fun to read but a lot of things felt half-finished and empty. Before I read this book, I saw people saying this book was a better version of Ready Player One. I highly, with all my might, disagree. Ready Player One is a better version of this book. Ready Player One is what this book COULD have been, not the other way round. If you’re thinking of reading this book, go ahead but I 100% recommend reading Ready Player One as well.
Thank you for reading! Hope these thoughts weren’t too controversial! Did you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!
Till next time,
love, bella x