Warcross by Marie Lu
Published by Penguin on September 12, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
“Every locked door has a key.”
Thrilling, captivating, and unexpected, Warcross is definitely landing on my favorites of 2018 list. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I loved the Legend series, but it’s going to be a close tie as to which one I like better. This book yanked me out of my reading slump and there couldn’t be a better book to do so. Tomorrow, WildCard releases and on Friday I get to see Marie Lu talk about her fantastic duology. I can’t wait.
Set in a world where a virtual reality is the latest craze and obsession, Warcross is a beautiful mix of sci-fi and fantasy. I also read somewhere on a Marie Lu’s interview where Warcross could be a 80 or 90 years before the events of Legend since it was inspired by Antartica in the Legend-verse.
The whole idea Warcross revolves around, the virtual reality glasses where you can compete with other players. With the invention of Warcross, many other issues and situations come with it. All of which got me thinking hard about life and technology since Lu has stated Warcross is near future sci-fi. After all, the idea that there’s virtual reality glasses really isn’t that distant in our world. But those ponderings don’t belong here on a review.
Emika Chen is our main character and one who is easily lovable. She begins her story dead broke on the streets of New York, being a bounty hunter to make ends meet. Honestly, I won’t say too much about the premise because I went in completely blind (aside from knowing the world relied on a video game) and it made the novel that much better.
The story takes turns that I never would’ve been able to predict which keeps the story fresh and new. Lu’s world building is absolutely stunning and I found myself fully immersed in her version of Tokyo.
I highly recommend this book if you love high stake plots, excellent world building, lovable characters, and a story that will pull you in and not let you go until the end.