Title: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Son’s Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2017
Page Count: 368 (Hardcover)
Age Recommendation: 13

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. ~ Goodreads

With a world as exciting and eyecatching as its cover, it’s hard not to get sucked into Warcross. Warcross is set in the future, where virtual reality has become a part of every day life. It was all started by a young, attractive man named Hideo. Despite virtual reality playing such an immense role in society, there only seems to be one virtual reality company–Warcross. (Where the title comes from. Clever, right?) Our main character, Emi, is a young bounty hunter. She tracks down people who gamble on the dark web and turns them into the police. Speaking of money, she’s a bit low on that and is about to be evicted from her appartment. In a desperate attempt to get some mula to pay off her debts, she hacks into the opening world Warcross games. She is then put into the games to try and stop a hacker who is doing some suspicious things. What could happen?

I really enjoyed Warcross. It was basically like reading about modern times, but with more magic and adventure thrown in. I don’t read many books about the future, but I think I might now seeing how much I enjoyed this one. It is basically an action and adventure book, with magic and fighting all set in a virtual reality. It is honestly exhilarating reading about the coding and sketchy places and worlds that Emi comes across. The author does a wonderful job of showing just how much virtual reality influences everyday life, instead of just telling. (i.e. Your Warcross level determining your wealth and popularity. Warcross is intertwined with everything.

While I did enjoy Warcross, I felt that the author lacked strength in the character developement. Emi was basically the same person from the beginning of the book to the end. I liked her, but she literally didn’t change, or learn anything at all. There was Romeo and Juliet worthy insta-lust that had me groaning all the way through. There were so many missed opportunities to develope or strengthen other, more interesting characters, but they were completely brushed off to focus on the two most predictable characters of the series.

I also have to point out that the two biggest plot twists of the book I predicted halfway through the book. That NEVER happens! I am usually as clueless as a lost puppy when it comes to plot twists. But no, it came as no surprise when the identity of Zero was revealed and when (spoiler) happened. The fact that the characters had weak relationships and poor development in general also made the shock even less impressive.

All in all, a flashy, if not reaching its full potential kind of book.

Fabulous Quotes!

Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact.

It is hard to describe loss to someone who has never experienced it, impossible to explain all the ways it changes you. But for those who have, not a single word is needed.

Zooming in on it only makes it blurrier.

What Does the Cat Think?

There will be WAR if you CROSS me haha

I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5!

8 thoughts on “Warcross

    1. Yeah, it is a good book if you would like to have something fun to read. Just don’t set your expectations too high. And thanks! Team Keefe forever!!

  1. Wow, what a great cover and futuristic concept for a novel. Teens will love this future world. Too bad you could predict two major things that happen. But, it sounds like an engaging read.

      1. KwonKwon

        I like how you like to see character development as opposed to no growth or change in a character. Modern times with more magic and adventure thrown in. I like that idea. A few book reviews behind since I switched to my personal email. Another great review with a reality check on predictability.

        1. I sort of see character like I see personal growth, no change means you still are the same person and haven’t learned anything yet. It’s definitely a fun book! That’s ok, I’m so glad you stuck with the blog!! ❤

  2. Oh my goodness, I love the cat pictures that you put at the end of your reviews — they always make me smile at their absolute adorableness and cuteness! 😆

    Your review of Warcross is the only one I’ve been able to find thus far that best matches my opinions on the book. I did enjoy reading it, and there was so much to discuss about the role technology plays in the book… but yup, the “romance” and character development was definitely a bit meh for me. 😋 And yes!!! The plot twists!! I was able to predict them AND I AM THE WORST AT PREDICTING THINGS. I was shocked that I actually predicted the plot twists because that happened like… only once in the past year before I read Warcross? 😂 I think that says something about the story planning…

    Anyways, great review, Sue! 🙂

    1. Awww, thanks! They are adorable little fluffballs ^.^

      Wow, it’s cool we share the same views! It’s very hard to find reviews that match your opinions. Either they over-hype it or they discard it as garbage and there is really no in-between. Plus, it was definitely lacking in story planning. I’ve probably accurately guessed like three plot twists in my life. XD

      Thank you so much! 😀

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