I recommend reading this review after you read the book, as you’ll probably not associate it with anything before reading.
But after you finish it, you’ll be able to pause and ponder some deeper meanings of the book. It doesn’t have any OUTRIGHT spoilers, but it does hint to the plot twist.
So if you can read without remembering what I said and not helping the fact that you’re trying to spoil yourself, then you got nothing to fear xD
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.
🍁 The worldbuilding was absolutely marvelous. It was exhilirating, thrilling. With virtual reality, anything at all can happen, and Marie Lu takes full advantage of that to create worlds dripping with color and breathtaking action.
🍁Emika’s character was well-built and memorable, and heck, she is badass 💙 (if you pardon the unprofessionalism for a second 😂 ) the rest of the characters ? I feel like they aren’t the sort you’d remember for years afterwards.
I wish they could have been developed more; deeper, more complex, rather than knowing a few information about each, and getting the one impression that they acted as they should have.
I wish I could make them as alive and as deep as the main characters of Six of Crows! ( Wow, you know a book is that good when it leeches into other book reviews 😂)
🍁Suspense keeps you on your toes all throughout the book, and you are fed bite-sized information regularly to keep you chewing on it and guessing all the way.
🍁The writing style and presentation makes everything stand out and feel so real, so when I read, I feel like I can almost hear the announcer and see the action unfold as if I watching Fast & Furious. The gamification of real life gives a mesmerizing layer to the book.
🍁The chapters end with a bang and I’m like wHY ASDFGHIJKLLXYZNGOW×&/£2!$*(@!/£ ??!!!
🍁 That plot twist though… My, what a plot twist. Not the biggest plot twist that has existed in the history of history, if that makes sense to you. But the strength in the finale lies in its use of some sort of paradox. I won’t outright spoil you, but I’ll be giving an example.
I think you might’ve come across something like this, but if you were to have to kill one person to save 100 people, would you do it ?
This choice might sound easy. But what seems right isn’t always that way. If you were in a situation in which you have to choose between the death of a thousand and the life of a thousand and one, or something like that.
You in particular might never be in such a situation, but such situations
also called shituations are entirely possible. A similar thing happened in the Cold War. A nuclear war was a hair away from starting any minute of any day, if not for the decision of one person not to shoot.
🍁 (highlight if you’ve read the book or sure you wouldn’t remember this while reading ) One more aspect to this is that it somehow reminded of Frankenstein. Only at the VERY end though, but it did. A cautionary tale of science going so far that the question of whether it SHOULD go a certain way becomes pressing. This is what I love about Marie Lu’s books. There’s always something to think about and munch on long after you’ve read the book.
World Building: 5 Stars
Characters: 4 Stars
Plot: 4 Stars
Setting: 5 Stars
Writing Style and Presentation: 5 Stars
All in All: 4.6 Stars