Marie Lu

Shelfie Score: 55%

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Publisher: Penguin UK
Pages: 402


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu - when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Champi...

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I really enjoyed this book more than I expected! I started reading it one night when I really couldn't sleep, read it for about 30 mins before falling asleep finally. Next morning decided to pick up where I left off in the book and next thing I know its 1 am the next day and I finish this in one sitting. So I guess you can say its now a favorite and really can't wait for the next one!


Alright, so this book was great. I loved it, but the starts and the ends got me. It's like your favourite sandwich, only with your least favourite bread. You like everything on it, but the bread still tastes awful. So in spirit of this analogy, I'll dissect this novel like a sandwich.

The Crust: So bread is the first thing you taste, you first opinion of the story. In the beginning, I did not like Marie Lu's writing style. I felt like I was having an argument with the book (it's a very strange feeling). I found like my brain was picking out tropes and writing styles I hated and the novel was like "Oh you hate that? Take this!" I'm quite glad the whole book was not like that.

The Insides: So after about 50 pages of fighting with the book, the whole book changed. It became interesting, action-packed, and futuristic. There was the right amount of action and romance and almost everything. One of my only complaints is that I found the Phoenix Riders were not well developed. I just wanted more from them.

The Other Crust: So this is what lowered the rating for me. I could forgive a rocky start (especially since I was reading a Galley and it's possible the "fighting" feeling isn't in the finalized copy), but then the end, I wasn't shocked. There were a few plot twists at the end of the novel, and I was just sitting there like "That's it? I knew that was coming." I kept on waiting for this new, shocking detail that would actually shock me, that wasn't predictable or extremely tropish to the Si-Fi futuristic genre, but I felt like every trope ending in all utopia/dystopia/space age was used. It was predictable. In bread terms, I knew what was coming next, but I'dhoped it might taste different, or that I would like it, but I didn't.

I don't think Warcross is a bad novel though, just predictable for it's genre. It was quite good, and very entertaining and engaging. I'd say in conclusion you should trust the hype. It has many, many good bits. I was on the edge of my seat while reading it and couldn't put it down.


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book:

That I was never confused on what was going on. And although I didn't understand all the lingo in the tech world that was used I didn't feel stupid. The author did a great job with all the tech stuff without losing me as a reader.

Check out author's other books or related books?

Yes, I have her other series and will be checking them out soon.

Rate on scale of 1 to 5 (5 being exceptional):

Quality of writing 5

Pace 5

Plot development 5

Characters 4

Enjoyability 4

Insightfulness 4

Ease of reading 5

Recommend this book? YES!

Notes and Opinions:

This one was great! If you are looking for a high-stakes read then look no further than this one right here. The plot kept me on my toes and I just couldn't put it down! It had two really wonderful twists that I just didn't see coming either. Now to come to think of it this one really had three! And I am sure that the next book in the series will have even more. The world that Lu has created was out of this world. I loved the blend of future tech and the game of Warcross. The settings were wonderful and I loved visiting Japan although I wish more of its culture would have been added to the story. The pace in this one worked well it was fast and never let up. I couldn't put it down. The characters were fabulous and I loved Emika and her teammates that I hope we get more backstory on in the coming books. This is one book where you will start and finish long before you want to!


Bookaxe Characteristics for Warcross

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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