Today I am reviewing “Warcross” by Marie Lu.
Date Started: 19 October 2017
Date Finished: 28 October 2017
Purchase Links: Amazon UK
When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in everyday, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally.
When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when 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.
In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
About the Author:
Marie writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, she was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an Art Director at a video game company and now she shuffles around at home and talks to herself a lot. 🙂
Lu graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and currently lives in LA, where she spends her time stuck on the freeways.
I wanted to read this as I had heard so many good things about it and it was likened to “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline which is a favourite of mine. It was like it, but it wasn’t as good in my opinion, albeit it is aimed at a slightly younger reader I think.
The story line was good – I like that we spent a good amount of time with the MC before the action started (not normally something I like but this time it felt right). The twist was unexpected and not something that I had guessed and then the minor twist at the end when the ‘baddie’ was unmasked was also good, although I had guessed it once the twist was revealed.
The characters were likable, but not lovable. We really only got to know the 2 MC’s in any depth and it would have been nice to know the others a little more, especially the MC’s teammates in the Warcross Games.
I listened to the Audiobook so wanted to mention that the narrator, Nancy Wu, is good. She reads with a decent pace (although there were a few parts when she could have sped up a bit) and her voice fits the characters well.