Review: Warcross by Marie Lu
Author: Marie Lu
Type: Book 1 of The Warcross Duology
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance
“Death has a terrible habit of cutting straight through every careful line you’ve drawn between your present and your future.”
SciFi books are not my thing, they have never been my favorite genre. I have read countless (or tried) of video game books and alternative reality books and haven't successfully found one that I understood and remember, until I grabbed Warcross. I loved it. I've had it in my TBR for quite a while, and every time I saw it filled me a little bit of dread and anxiety. The "what-if I hate it" attacked me a few times, until I decided that it was time to stick my nose outside of my comfort zone.
Warcross is a SciFi Ya that narrates the story of Emi, a girl who after loosing her father is left with a lot of debt to pay and a job that is not getting her the necessary income to survive. However she does have a brilliant mind, enough that she is able to hack through the system of one of the most famous "Virtual reality games" in the world: Warcross. As soon as she crosses the line, the creator and her all-time idol Hideo Taneka reach out to her to join his team with a promise of ten million dollars, she feels her life slowly being resolved. That is until she starts to realize that the threat she is trying to stop is more powerful than she thought and that feelings might get in the way of her success.
The only bad thing I can say about this book is the lack of world building. However I am starting to think that this is common in sci-fi books, they never seem to explain how the world became so technological? Maybe its a choice to leave it up to our imaginations. However important world building is for me, the lack of it honestly didn't bother me as much because of how deep Marie Lu dwelled into the character's past and ideals. The characters (even Hideo, whom the book is not perceived in his point of view) were so successfully constructed that the character developed and back stories really created the world building. As the main reason the world and the technology increased as it did was because of Hideo, seeing his backstory and his career bloom made the story easy to follow.
The twists and turns the book took where those I really did not expect. As well as how deep the book actually ended up being. The scenes where Hideo and Emi are trying to comprehend and explain the grief they have felt throughout their lives really got to me, specially Hideo's story of his kidnapped brother. The love story also really got to me, which was something I had not expected in a sci-fi novel, but I was sucked right in. The romance was sexy and just quite right and I LOVED the ending. We get to see Hideo's real identity and goal and making him kind of the bad guy at the end was something I was not expecting at all. Such a great way to add in a morally grey or dynamic character. She played with my feelings but I am all for it.
“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”
--- 4 stars ---