25 November, 2017

Let's Talk! 5 Reasons Why You Should Read Warcross

Hello friends! Let's Talk! is a (probably unoriginal)
new feature in which I'll talk about a wide variety
of books and topics, preferably in list format!


So. A bit of an intro to Let's Talk! 

I love, love, love posts where I can just freely talk about books without having that obligated feeling you get when you review them. It's not that I can't do that when I'm reviewing something, but this way, it's just more fun. It's like those BookTube videos! Except, without the whole video part.

So anyway! First thing I wanted to sort-of discuss is one of my favourite books of the year—Warcross by Marie Lu! I present you...



1. fast-paced

The book literally starts with the main character trying to hunt down a criminal. Look. This is the first chapter, and it's a pretty fun one at that. From then on, it only gets better and better. You follow Emika to Tokyo, to the Warcross championships, and eventually, into darker, more dangerous territory. Things are constantly happening and it is exhilarating.

2. action-packed

Warcross has a lot of action going on. It's not your usual fantasy-esque type. Considering that it is a video game, imagine yourself in the world of one. Yeah, that's how cool it is. It gets better and more exciting when Emika is chosen as a wildcard in this year's competition. From their training sessions to the actual game, Marie Lu manages to keep you on the edge of your seat, both in and out of the games.

3. great cast of characters

Emika is, by far, my favourite character created by Marie Lu. She's a fun, sarcastic, and voice-y character and it's incredibly fun to read from her point of view. She's also a rainbow-haired, tattooed hacker, one who's totally capable of handling herself. I adored her from the very first page and I have no doubt she'll be a blast in book two.

There are also amazing side characters, like those on Emika's Warcross team—Roshan, Asher, and Hammie, all of whom are diverse and interesting. They play important roles both in Emi's life now, and the book itself.

There's also Hideo, a quiet and mysterious man who made all of this possible.

4. warcross—the game—itself

The book is titled based of the game Hideo Tanaka created when he was younger. In Emika's world, millions of people play this game, both for fun and competitively. What exactly is Warcross though?

Well, it's virtual reality, and yeah, it's preeettty damn cool. You could be just about anywhere in the world with it, and you can be just about anything with it. You want a pet dragon? You think one up and bam, there it is. 

For a good portion of the novel, you follow Emika through the simulations in the Warcross competitions. Marie Lu has managed to take the concept of virtual reality and produced something wholly authentic, fun, and unique. It's super fun to read about the things Warcross can do.

5. romance

Oh, yeah. This book has it. And it is so goooood. Romance isn't even the most important part of the book—there are other things that are more crucial—but oh, it's still such a good romance. A bit slow burn in the beginning, but it is incredibly swoony. There are a bunch of scenes that made me fall in love with the book.


Aaaaaand there are my reasons! I hope I've convinced you if Marie Lu wasn't enough. I hope you have a chance to read it soon!

Already read it! You're fabulous. Why not vote for it for Best YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi over on the Gooreads Choice Awards? Here's the link!


about the book }

Warcross by Marie Lu
Warcross, book 1
Published September 12, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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about the author }

Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and one Pembroke Welsh corgi.

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