Hello and welcome to another gushing review on the Immortal Readers. My name is Ally and I’ll be your obsessed fangirl and reviewer for this evening! Today I’ll be reviewing Warcross by Marie Lu and let me just say straight up that I loved this book. As far as 2017 has been going so far, there were a few disappointments….
- The Love Interest (my most hyped up book for the year and well…. help.)
- I StiLL HaVEN’t ReAd A JohN gReEN BOOK???
- DOCTOR WHO HIATUS (I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL CHRISTMAS???? WHAT!!!!???)
- The lack of cake in my kitchen
- The negative amount of dollars in my bank account
So when I finally picked up Warcross, I was begging all things holy that it would not disappoint. And it didn’t. In fact, it blew me away and brutally shattered my hearts into oblivion (yes I have two hearts… what do you expect, i’M A TIMELORD SUSAN) <— Its a doctor who thing, I’m not crazy, I swear.
Not only is Warcross a book of beautiful imagery, but its also full of laughter, sass and AMAZING PLOT! So:
I’d recommend Warcross to anyone who:
- Likes sass
- Is sassy
- Likes virtual reality or video games
- Likes Sci-fi
- Has dealt with grief
- Needs laughter to combat how dead they are on the inside
- Is a werewolf
- Knows a werewolf
- Just kidding about those last two.
- But really.
There are so many reasons to love Warcross, not including how beautiful that cover is! For example,
-The kickass characters
Our main character, Emika Chen, is a badass hacker from New York and she doesn’t wait around for anyone. Then you have the other characters which are equally as badass. The only bad side of having cool and athletic characters is that I feel super guilty for not going to the gym… oh well! I mean, why would I do situps when I could be reading in my darkened room like the vampire I am and eating cake?
^^^ Actual footage of me reading… I wasn’t kidding about the whole vampire thing
Holy wow is Marie Lu good at worldbuilding The world she described was one I wanted to live in- neon, flashing and exciting. Send me there any day!
As a book, Warcross is fairly fast-paced. Although this means that the characters aren’t touched on as much as I would have liked, the pacing creates a brilliant and exciting atmosphere-perfect for those who aren’t fans of huge books.
-The way it deals with grief
In my opinion, I personally feel that Warcross deals with grief in a very sensitive and realistic manner, however, as I have not experienced large amounts of grief myself, I understand that my views on this may not be relevant or correct. But I did like the undertone of that particular emotion and the portrayal of it.
Overall, Warcross was an incredible book, however, as always, there were a few slight negatives:
-The lack of character growth
I think one of the main reasons I wasn’t able to connect with the characters well, was due to the lack of character growth. The only person in this book who really grows is Emika (the main character) and she wasn’t someone who needed to grow anyway. Plus, there were heaps of side characters who I would have loved to see develop, but just weren’t given the time of day.
Whilst I was reading Warcross, I loved the romance and thought the relationship was just the best thing ever, but the minute I put it down, I began to really question things. My main problem with it is that the relationship happens way too fast. Its full of “insta-love” and it just wasn’t realistic. I would elaborate further on why some aspects of the main relationship irked me, but:
-Lack of Female Friendships
And lastly, I didn’t like the lack of female friendships. Whilst Warcross did have a lot of diversity, which is fantastic, there was barely any interaction between our main character and her female friends. Emika spends most of her time in solitude and doesn’t disclose any of her feelings to anyone aside from the love interest. That, in my opinion, isn’t very healthy as its always important to have friendships built on and portrayed in books just as much as romantic relationships.
So in conclusion, although it definitely had its negatives, I loved reading Warcross and I cannot wait for the sequel!
WARCROSS BY MARIE LU
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 int
o 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.
(Sourced From Goodreads)