Warcross – Book Review

Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

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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. (Goodreads summary)


“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”

OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK AND I NEED THE SECOND ONE RIGHT NOW!

I am not even kidding. After the disappointment that was the Young Elite series I was both nervous but so excited for this book and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

This book reminded me a lot of Ready Player One in many ways. Also set in a (not so?) futuristic world where a virtual reality game called Warcross has become the obsession of the time.

“Some people still say that Warcross is just a stupid game. Others say it’s a revolution. But for me and millions of others, it’s the only foolproof way to forget our troubles. Tonight, I can join in with everyone else, put on my glasses, and watch magic happen.”

So as stated in the blurb Emika hacks into the opening of the Warcross World Championships and, instead of getting in trouble for it, she is offered a job by the creator of Warcross. He needs a spy to insure the safety of this years tournament and to uncover a security issue. Emika is then drafted onto a team and is thrust into the World Championships of Warcross. Everything about the games from the wild card drafting to competing in the the different areans just blew me away! I mean, can we talk about the world building please. OH.MY.GOSH. So I absolutely LOVED Marie Lu’s Legend series and the world building she did there. This was 5 steps beyond that. (Also Marie Lu did state that Warcross and Legend DO take place in the same universe and one is the future of the other! This could be the past of the Legend world!!)  It was not hard at all to imagine this world as I was reading it. I was constantly seeing it in vivid colors, both in the games and in the Tokyo setting. Sometimes I am just amazed at how one person can create such a crazy vivid realistic but totally fantasized place with just 26 letters rearranged over and over again. And that my brain can take those letters and project this vivid colorful world into my mind perfectly..

I really liked Emika’s character. I love the fact that she has rainbow hair, I love WHY she has rainbow hair. I can sympathize with her past. She’s very likable right off the bat! She is cleaver and sneaky and just all around awesome! I’m sorry, my fangirling is starting to take over again. -deep breaths- There was a lot of diversity in this book as well. Emika is Chinese-American, the Captain of her Warcross team Asher Wing (Day’s possible ancestor???) is in a wheelchair, Hideo Tanaka is Japanese with a British accent and of course since this is a World Championship there are many other nationalities involved.

Annnnd the cliffhanger was brutal! But I really didn’t expect anything less from Marie Lu. . I am in desperate need of the sequel! I also just finished Ryan Graudin’s Invictus and now all I can think of is getting ahold of a Recorder’s Time Machine and time traveling to 2018 to get my hands on Warcross #2 (rumors are it might be called Darkcross??) and more information as to how this coincides with Legend!!

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday – Warcross

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am anxiously waiting on Warcross by Marie Lu

Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers


29385546For 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.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Why I Am Waiting

Marie Lu is one of my favorite Authors ever since I devoured her Legend trilogy. I love her style of writing and her characters. I can’t wait to see what she does with a gaming world! A bounty hunting hacker, a spy, famous, Emika already sounds like my kind of MC! The description of Warcross reminds me a bit of Ready Player One, one of my favorite sci-fi books! I’ve had it on preorder for awhile and I can’t wait for September to get here and to have it in my hands!!

 

 

E-Book Deals Of The Day 7/31

Two really good ebooks are on sale today! Queen of Shadows is the 4th installment in the Throne of Glass series which is one of my favorite series! Highly recommend it!

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The Spectacular Now is written by an Oklahoman author and takes place in OKC (my hood yo!) I still haven’t seen the movie but the book was good!

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Happy Reading!

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The Circle – Book Review

Author: Dave Eggers
Published: October 8th 2013 by Knopf
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Rating: ★★★★✰

thecircleegersWhen Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. (Goodreads Summary.


“If things continue this way, there will be two societies – or at least I hope there will be two – the one you’re helping create, and an alternative to it. You and your ilk will live, willingly, joyfully, under constant surveillance, watching each other always, commenting on each other, voting and liking and disliking each other, smiling and frowning, and otherwise doing nothing much else.”

The Circle. What do I have to say . I hate this book. I hate it. Yes I gave it four stars because it was fantastic but still I hate it. I hate how this story doesn’t seem so far fetched. I hate how the characters in it react to the changes around them. I hate how the storyline parallels to our reality. And the more I think about it the more it pisses me off..

The Circle should be taken with a grain of salt. This is not a happy book. This is a cautionary tale.

I didn’t like our MC Mae. She was an idiot. She was easily manipulated and brainwashed along with almost everyone else in this world. I wanted to like her but the way she so willingly gave up her privacy and basically stole everyone else’s just made me hate her more. So many times I willed her to do they right thing, actually thought she might, only to be disappointed when she gave up one more thing.

“Under the guise of having every voice heard, you create mob rule, a filterless society where secrets are crimes.”

The Circle. The Circle makes me think of Google. A HUGE company with its massive amazing campus and technology and features/benefits it offers its employees and billions of users.. yeah sorry Google. It made me think of a cult. Mae was encouraged to never leave campus, I mean why would you? It had everything there that you could ever need, plus there was all kinds of entertainment going on at all hours.. why go anywhere else? Ugh. This is not a good world for an introvert at all! I wouldn’t have lasted a week at that job.

I have never had a huge online presence before, but after reading this book I will be sure to watch myself. Privacy is not theft. It is not stealing. Privacy is a basic human right. I will also never use an emoji in place of actual words again. nope.

Read the book, see the movie and contemplate the issues.

Gosh this is such a terrible review, I’m a bit rusty. My thoughts just keep bouncing around, making me angrier and I want to punch Mae in the face.