When I first heard about this book I don’t know what I was expecting. With all of the hype surrounding the blogging and bookstagram world when it first came out, I expected something that was not what I received.
Warcross to me was going to be a fast-paced book, with brilliant descriptions of amazing gaming competitions, little romance, and chases of dark figures lurking in the shadows and bringing down the games.
In the end, it was more than that. Emika Chen is barely living by the day as a bounty hunter – chasing down those who bet on Warcross matches illegally to try and earn money to pay the rent in the tiny flat she shares with her best friend, and eat a meal that isn’t a Pot Noodle.
So when she sees a chance to make a lot of money by stealing a valuble item from a televised live Warcross event, she jumps at the chance. But when the hack goes wrong and she is thrust into the game, noticed by everyone, there is no turning back.
Her world is flipped upside down by a mysterious call from Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross and her long time aspiration, making her an offer she can’t refuse. Thrust into the world of fast cars, augmented reality, posh clothes, romantic meals and a family shes longed for all her life, trying to balance work and play suddenly is all the more difficult.
Now what I loved about this book was the fact that Warcross was built to show an augmented reality, extremely similar to the Oasis in Ready Player One, however in Warcross the main feature is battles, which are described really well and feel extremely immersive. The style of the book is really good, I love the occasional flashbacks and the narrative story, along with Emika solving out who Zero is, and how we also get to see an insight into how the lives of teenage sensations are just like normal people, with family that they care about and wanting to just be normal; how things aren’t always perfect with Hideo and he longs for everything to be set right again.
Personally, I really liked the love story, and how Zero was worked into the novel, with so many different possibilites it kept us on the edge of our seat until the end of the book, however I feel like the twist at the end of the real darkness in the book was too cliche, and not what I thought this book was going to end like.
I cannot wait however, to get my teeth sunk into the second book of the duology by Marie Lu, Wildcard, which was released in October 2018.
Hope that my review was useful in debating whether or not to read this book, overall the storyline is really good if you don’t mind predictability and romance overtaking the plot of Zero. The dystopian/utopian setting of Warcross is incredible, and the technological feats with links to current everyday situations we face, and brings attention to the things that those struggling turn to as an escape.