Let’s be honest. When a girl who loves colourful things and rainbows sees the cover of Warcross by Marie Lu, they are going to want it. There is also a 95% chance she will buy it and find a way to justify it. Well, Warcross was the YA room’s October book so I obviously needed to get it and read it so I knew what everyone was talking about. See, justified the purchase of the pretty book.
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release: September 12, 2017
The description of the book did not excite me to begin with – virtual reality is not really my thing – but for the sake of book club and knowing I have been pleasantly surprised by unlikely books in the past, I gave it a go.
Basic rundown of the book for those who do not know: Warcross is a virtual reality game that is being tampered with, so the creator of the employs a teenage hacker to find the person and stop them.
I was pleasantly surprised when I liked the first chapter, but for me, it went downhill from there.
The main character, Emika Chen, annoyed me with her ‘I was poor but now I have lots of money’, the constant reminder that she was more skilled than her level let on, and that whole rainbow hair being her identifying feature. Do you seriously mean to tell me that your rainbow hair is the only way people can recognise you? Are you suggesting that you otherwise have a blend into the background, plainer than Jane type appearance? Gosh, I dislike that trope.
The secondary characters were not much better, all of them being vague at best. In fact, I cannot remember their names without flicking through the book. The exception to the vagueness is Hideo Tanaka – the young billionaire who created Warcross – but he is a jerk and kind of a creep. Emika idolises him and actually seems inappropriately obsessed with him, which is probably the reason we know so much about him and so little of everyone else.
Regardless of my dislike for and disappointment with the characters I spent most of the novel confused about the virtual reality and how it was supposed to work. There were a few times I thought I had finally got it, but then there would be yet another action or feature I did not understand and I was back to confused.
The part of the story that had Emika looking for the hacker tampering with the game was a sort of a mystery, which I kind of liked, but the answer to the mystery was basically handed to us on a platter. Seriously, it was about half a dozen chapters after being given the task of finding the hacker that Emika has 80% of the mystery figured out.
My last issue is the ending. It was terrifying and not in a good way. I am talking nightmare worthy and I did not sleep that night because I was freaked out. Sure, points for succeeding in scaring a 21-year-old into insomnia, but I am not a fan of the turn the story is set to take in book two.
Star Rating: ☆☆
Unfortunately, the cover is really the only thing I liked about the book. While I do not detest this book, I was not a fan of Warcross and do not see myself reading the next book.
So what were your thoughts on Warcross?
Did you buy it for the cover too?
Until next time bibliophiles!