“Badass female character and a book that will truly open your mind through possible future technology”
Book Title : WARCROSS
Author : Marie Lu
Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages : 368
Type Of Book : 1st Book
Read From : Oct. 25, 2017-Oct. 28, 2017
Format : Paperback
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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.
Warcross isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life. I was totally intrigued when I’ve heard so many great things about this book. My friends on bookstagram keep talking about it and how much they loved this book. So when I finally get a copy of this book, I was so excited to read it. I’ve read some of Marie Lu’s works and I love it even tho it’s not on my fave-books-list.
Emika Chen, the protagonist of the story. She’s a bounty hunter, hacker and a warcross gamer. She’s badass and totally great when it comes to hacking. Then we have Hideo Tanaka, the creator of the Warcross game, who’s a billionaire and also an intelligent man. His character portray a serious and “can’t be bother” type of person, but he’s also a secretly-romantic guy. There are some supporting characters which most of them are warcross players. Then we have our villain, Zero who is a very mysterious character.
The plot was definitely ok for me and super-duper interesting because of its “gaming” elements. It was actually a fast-pace read, but I was totally confused with the world building that took me days to finish the book. Maybe because I’m not a total gamer, but I played some games like sims, cooking games and dress up games – except for RPG games. Then we have this minor-plot twist (plot twist before the major plot twist) that totally twisted me in a way that I’ve already predicted what’s going to happen next. The ending fell off for me because of that predictable supposed-to-be-mind-blowing-plot-twist, I’m sorry to say this but I was not impress by this book. Then the romance, again I’m sorry but I was not impressed by the romance that going on in this book. For me the romance is unnecessary because of its insta-love prose. I don’t have anything to do with the insta-love thingy but I’ve had enough. There are some violence in this book, like attempted assassination. There are some passionate kisses in this book and also some romantic scenes but not to explicit. This book will show us some possible ideas of future technologies. This book will also teach us to never give up on something even tho we couldn’t find ways how to fix it.
“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”
― Marie Lu, Warcross
All in All, this book is not for me. I love Marie Lu’s writing since I’ve read her “The Young Elites” trilogy. Maybe this book didn’t meet my expectation and I drown in the pool of hype of this book. But there are some things that I like in this book. I like Emika Chen’s character and also I really like how her friends/team helped her throughout the games. I still don’t know if I should continue reading this series but I’m kinda curious about Zero (The Villain).
So my ratings for this book :
WARCROSS : 🌟🌟🌟 3/ 5 stars
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