Warcross by Marie Lu Review

Photo from @beautifulbookland on Instagram

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Like with most hyped books, there’s always nervousness about starting them in case they’re a massive let down. That, added to the fact that I know literally zero about gaming and computers and all that jazz, I was pretty apprehensive about starting Warcross.

Oh, but I loved it.

The Plot

So I didn’t really know much about the plot before starting this book, only that it was about a game. But we aren’t talking about a game that can be played for a couple of hours and then forgotten about, mind. Warcross is a way of life. Everyone and their dog plays Warcross, obsessing over levels and notes and power ups.

Emika is a bounty hunter who tracks down people who bet on the game illegally. She will do anything to pull together some much-needed money – and when a risky hack-gone-wrong goes right, Emika finds herself playing spy for Warcross creator Hideo, and playing in the International Warcross Championships.

The World Building

Marie Lu creates a version of our world on speed.

It’s literally incredible. Everything is brighter and bigger and better, but it’s…not unrealistic? Like, I can imagine this happening in ten, maybe twenty, years from now, you know?

And that sorta scares me. I’m not that great with technology. I’m hanging on by a thread as it is.

The Characters

Emika is obviously our main character and narrator. She has rainbow coloured hair and sleeve tattoos and she’s wicked smart and mental at hacks.

You don’t like her already?

Then there’s no hope for you, my friend.

Needless to say, I’m a fan of our Emi. I’m a fan.

And Hideo? He had me swooning all kinds of swoons, I’m telling ya. Maybe I’m just a complete loser, but every time he messed about with his cufflinks and rolled his shirt sleeves up to his elbows?

Pick me up off the floor, I am down.

Marie Lu is so incredible with her characters because all of them are so realistic and flawed but lovable? And let’s not even talk about the diversity. Apart from the diverse ethnicities, we also have a caption of one of the Warcross teams who is in a wheelchair. And nobody ever holds him back. Not once does anyone demean him or put him down, and that’s just incredible.

The Verdict

When and where can I get the next one? I can’t wait to see where Marie Lu takes this story; already, I can’t wait to get back into Emi’s world.

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