Warcross, Marie Lu (2017)
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi,
Let’s talk about the two and a half star reveiw, because to be honest I’m still deciding on my rating. I had such high hopes for this book and it ended up completely disapointing me, which was a real shame! I had not read anything by Marie Lu before, so I didn’t know her writing style. If this book is anything to go by then I don’t think I’m a huge fan of her writing, for me it was too simple.
I really like the storyline for this book from the blurb, it’s all about a slightly futuristic world where virtual reality is a huge influence and something that everyone is involved in. However it seems like all of the little details are missed and simple description is used to pass the time in the book, which isn’t necessary. For most of it I was rolling my eyes at obvious tropes or plot twists, which was a shame! Only once did the book manage to surprise me, something that has led towards me wanting to read the sequel, despite not loving this one.
The whole way through the book the anonymous identity of a hacker, Zero, is of great importance, the point of this book is to stop Zero from completing a huge hack of the virtual reality system. Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers, as you can see I’m talking in a discreet code… get it, code, gaming? Anyway, for me it became very obvious who Zero was and I was correct when the big reveal came, so for me that moment was rather underwhelming.
This world had a lot of potential, a virtual reality driven environment could make way for anything and in the Warcross games we see some of this explored, but there’s so much more we could see! I want to delve into the impossible and fly through worlds with exotic colours and unbelievable smells, this book could really utilise the want for more than what our world can offer.
If you’re reading this review before you’ve read the book and I’ve put you off, then allow me to offer a replacement suggestion of Ready Player One. This book deals with a similar idea, but does it so much better!