Warcross #1 Warcross
Series: Warcross #1
Author: Marie Lu
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Warcross
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: Marts 2020
Genre: YA & Science Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
Extremely slow start, to the point where I was asking myself why even bother with this. The main character is so bland, and even though I tried to sympathize with her, I just couldn’t. Frankly, my idea of her didn’t change throughout the read. She stayed unfamiliar to me all the way through. The book itself isn’t horrible, but it didn’t feel new or engaging, it felt like one big Deja vu, like something I’ve read before a while back – and that’s not a good thing. This is poorly build version of Ready Player One. Have you ever watched Sword Art Online? Is you’ve seen it and read this book; you’ll get the similarities too.
Putting our main character aside, where the book took a turn for the worse, was when the romance started. Quickly it became all about feelings and ended up having nothing to do with science fiction in my opinion. It was all about feelings, trust and clinginess.
Warcross takes place in the future, how cliché. The world is boing ballistic over a game called Warcross, surprise! To play, just envision how they do it in Ready Player One. The book had me confused on so many levels. It’s not a complicated world, but because it’s never explained. Worst kind of world building I’ve seen for a while now. You can’t like something you don’t know what is. I would love to know how people could enjoy this book.