My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3.5 out of 5 Stars
“What’s the point of freedom if you’re just living in a miserable reality?”
Emika has had a troubled life. Her mother left her when she was a child, her father had a severe gambling problem, and now she is completely on her own. She lives in a run-down apartment and catches criminals for a living. She’s also a pretty decent hacker and knows her way around Warcross, the world’s most popular past time. Warcross is just a part of life. It’s not just a game, it’s how people escape from reality, a commodity even more essential to life than the internet. So when the creator of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka, contacts Emika after she hacks a Warcross tournament, her life changes forever. Catch a rogue hacker for him and earn ten million dollars. Simple, right?
I enjoyed Warcross, but I wanted to LOVE Warcross. I was hoping to be pulled into the world like I was with Katniss in the Hunger Games book, but it just missed that mark for me. I do like Emika and Hideo, and I was invested in them, but not so much in any of the other characters. That became a bit of a problem as the secondary characters began to serve more of a purpose in the story, but they weren’t developed enough for me to really care that much about them. (view spoiler)
I enjoyed Marie Lu‘s prose and her descriptions of action were exciting and well detailed. (view spoiler) I also thought she did an excellent job with the romance in this novel. It felt more adult without being XXX and without having that “OMG I’M SO IN LOVE” trope that a lot of YA novels suffer from. I love that Emika is a strong but flawed character, and I especially love the hard decision she has to face at the end of the book. I am glad that there will be more in this series!
I recommend for the those who love strong female main characters, cool new technology mixed with a bit of fantasy, and virtual reality.