Release Date: 12th of September 2017.
Goodreads Review: here
I kindly received and ARC, which I’m beyond thankful for, but all thoughts and opinions remain my own.
P R E A M B L E
I didn’t expect a lot from Warcross. I’m not a gamer. I don’t know anything about gaming or any terminology. The only game I know how to play is Mario Kart (and the Shrek 2 game on X-Box but that was years ago). I mainly wanted to read this because basically everyone on my Goodreads feed couldn’t shut up about it. It was the best thing since sliced bread, from the reviews I was reading.
So I wanted it.
Thankfully, I was given an eARC and let me tell you all, it is worth it. Despite the weird cover that looks like an 8-year-old made it on Microsoft Word, this book is worth your time.
This review will be a little sparse because you need to go into this not knowing anything. This is why for characters I will only be talking about the main character.
P L O T
I’m not sure why, but I thought the plot was something it really wasn’t. I feel I may have mixed up the plots of another book I had heard of (maybe Ready Player One?) and just figured it was this. So, for a lot of the book, I was expecting my imaginary plot to happen.
Thankfully my imaginary plot in no way compared to this beauty. I was fully involved with this story, unable to stop reading once I had time to truly sit down.
The story follows Emika, a hacker with a criminal record who is struggling to make ends meat. She is drowning in debt, not her own, and is about to be kicked out into the streets when she goes into the virtual reality world that was created. Now, I have no idea how to explain this part but Emi basically hacks into the game and this causes a massive uproar. This is something that has never happened? Thankfully, the creator, Hideo, isn’t made. He instead needs Emi’s help.
I’ll leave it there because I truly can’t even begin to explain the complexity of this plot and how, ultimately, amazing it is.
C H A R A C T E R S
#E M I K A C H E N
Is a character you can look up to. The girl is kickass and not someone to take shit from anyone. She doesn’t even whine. Something so fucking rare in young adult fiction.
An MC who doesn’t whine? UNHEARD OF.
SHE ALSO HAS RAINBOW HAIR TOO. Most main characters have blonde, brown or red hair but not Emika. Nope. Rainbow. I was so beyond happy. My best friend in high school used to dye her hair different colours every other month (favouring blue and purple) so it just made me think of happy memories, as dorky as that is.
Ultimately, Emi is one of the best main characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. She has quickly skyrocketed to my favourites, sitting level with Emma Carstairs in the badass category for me.
O V E R A L L
Overall, this book is so worth your time. There are two reasons it wasn’t a full five stars for me. One was that I got a bit lost during the gaming parts. However, that is all on me and my not understanding. The other is that I guessed something, though the other thing completely blindsided me (what a great lack of information there).
Seriously though, I will be recommending this book to everyone. Gamers or not, this is the book for everyone. Marie Lu is a fantastic author and I need to finish her Legend series ASAP.