Book Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Everyone Loves an Underdog

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Warcross by Marie Lu

4.5/5 but it was so close to being 5.

Read: 7.29.18- 8.11.18

Okay, where to even start with this one? The story line is like a mesh of some of my favorite books with random hints of books I despise and yet, it worked. One of my all-time favorite settings is the worlds created by virtual or augmented reality, like this one! The whole world that Lu created was so freaking cool and I loved the idea of the lenses that Emika ended up using and being able to see all those layers added onto the world. I love that business and everything else are able to augment things with the use of glasses or lenses, it’s such a neat idea.

Then there’s the game of Warcross and where the original idea for the game came from. Hideo is a boy-genius who invented the world and the game when he was very young and is now the most famous person in the world, and one of the richest. He finds Emika when she glitches into the opening ceremonies for the annual Warcross tournament and calls her across seas with a job proposal.

Some of the parts with Hideo and Emika reminded me of the relationship from 50 Shades, but as I’m not a fan of those series, that’s something I tried to ignore and I was fairly successful. They did share a connection and I appreciated the way everything between them was written.

The whole hunt for “Zero” and Emika’s talent with hacking was very interesting. I loved reading about each round of the game and trying to figure things out alongside Emika when it came to Zero. But reading about the way the teams interact both inside and outside Warcross and the amount of time and training that goes into the games was so cool, it’s a whole new level of professional sports, and one that I think would appeal to a broader audience vs. the ones we have today.

I’m trying so hard not to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it. I will say that Emika was actually a pretty kick-ass MC and I admire her a lot. I adored her team and some of the players from other teams as well. I loved her dad, and I’m so sad that we didn’t get to see all that much from him, though I understand why.

I read this just in time to read Wildcard when it comes out, and I am so excited!

-Laurenxx

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