Posted By: Frank Miceli
When Marie Lu, author of The Young Elites and the Legend trilogies, comes out with a new series that has a futuristic video game at the center of it, I knew there was no way I was passing on reading this book.
Warcross is the most popular video game of the future. It is a virtual reality combat game played by the better majority of people in the world. The Warcross championships are broadcast live and attracts a viewing audience that professional sports organizations could only dream of one day having.
Emika Chen is a dropout who has struggled to hold her life together after her father passed away. She has become a bounty hunter in NYC to try and make ends meet. However, despite the many daily challenges Emika faces, she is a very gifted hacker. Emika is facing eviction unless she catches a very big break very soon. With nothing to lose, Emika glitches herself into the opening ceremony game of Warcross to try to steal a power up that she can sell on the black market. While she has been successful in the past doing this, this time she appears in the game for the whole world to see. This is where the story really takes off.
In a fast-paced adventure, Emika is whisked away to Tokyo and rather than be punished for ruining the opening ceremony game, she is offered a job by the Warcross creator himself, Hideo Tanaka. It is at this point that Emika learns of someone hacking into Warcross games. Hideo hires Emika as a spy to be placed in the Warcross championships draft to learn what she can from inside one of the team’s headquarters.
Seeing as how Warcross is a game enjoyed across all nations, Marie Lu was able to include a very diverse cast of characters representing a multitude of countries and cultures. A futuristic NYC and Tokyo were also formed. Given our current state of technology, it is not hard to see this as a future society that could one day exist. Lastly, the worlds within Warcross are nothing short of spectacular as well.
While the pace of the book is pretty much perfect, some parts are very predictable. Personally I like puzzles. I was able to venture an educated guess as to what the ending would reveal and sadly I was right on point. Next you have the all too foreseeable romance twist weaved into the plot. Lastly, you have these very interesting secondary characters that I wish were developed more. Perhaps there will be a novella with the backstories of Asher, Roshan, Hammie and Treamaine who are the most important of the secondary characters, in my opinion.
I can see how some people will be disappointed with Warcross. Was it enjoyable despite the predictability of plot twists? Yes. Is it something I would recommend goes to the top of your “to read” list/pile? No. Will I be purchasing and reading the next installment due out Fall 2018? Yes.
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