Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Length: 353 pages
Publisher: G.T. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: September 12, 2017
Setting: New York City, NY
& Tokyo, Japan
Video Game Violence, Attempted Assassination
Japanese, Chinese, Latinx, Disabled (paralyzed)
I don’t know if you guys know this but I literally have all of Marie Lu’s books but have yet to read them all. I was buying them as soon as they came out and I just knew that I was going to love them. Which hey, I read all of the Legend Trilogy and now this one and I’ve been right so far! Spoiler alert: here is yet another book from Lu that I fell in love with.
- So….. I may have to start playing more video games because this one sounds super cool? Does this exist? Can it exist? Someone invent this.
- You see how all of the super awesome Warcross players come from all over the world? I love that, and it freaking makes sense.
- I love Emika’s rainbow hair, okay? I wish I had rainbow hair.
- Ugh Hammie sounds like my kind of best friend.
- Yeah, I’m gonna like this book.
Technology is so freaking cool
I’m not gonna lie, when I saw how integrated technology was in this world, I was really into it. Like, I could honestly see Tokyo being one of the first major cities in the world to be like how it was in Warcross. They already are pretty advanced in the technology side anyway, so it’s not surprising.
I think the kind of technology behind the NeuroLink could be amazing, and I feel like it can really be a game-changer (haha punny) for how we can play video games, and just navigate the world around us. I also really think that who knows? Maybe if this kind of technology is implemented everywhere – or at least like in 99.999999% of the world like it is in this book – it could be really interesting to see.
So clearly I didn’t have much to say about the technology aspect since it could go into some spoiler territory, but man I loved that part of the book, even how the technology doesn’t just apply to the video game world either. Especially for people like me who aren’t as versed in video games as others and would probably just want to be a spectator watching the Warcross games. Wouldn’t you want to watch them? They seemed so intense!
It’s okay to ask for help from your friends
Later on in the book, when Emika feels like she may be in over her head with her bounty, there’s a moment where Hammie tells her some much needed wisdom. Now, I don’t have the book in front of me right now but it was basically along the lines of:
Of course, Lu wrote it way more elegant than that but that’s the main gist of it, and I never thought about how someone not accepting help could come across to others. I relate to Emika so much in this instance, where she has worked alone and had to deal with everything alone ever since she lost her father and so she wouldn’t know how to even ask for help. I don’t think she really meant it in the way that Hammie told her, but it was good that Hammie made it out to be like that because it gave Emika a totally different perspective on what it means to rely on her teammates and her friends. Her teammates that end up becoming her friends. I really don’t think Emika really had friends before this, which also breaks my heart because her whole life just seemed really hard to go through alone like that.
Once Emika realized that she could trust her teammates, then I think she realized that a whole new world of what she could accomplish with their help opened up. It’s so much better to take on a huge problem with more than one person, that you know and trust of course.
So yeah definitely Emika went through a lot of development, and I think the main one that I saw from her was learning how to work in a team. That was my biggest kudos to her as far as her growth. I also think that Asher learned how to trust Emi in some of her decisions, especially because it’s already hard enough having to learn how to work with a new person and get them to be in sync with the other teammates. I think Emi did such a great job too learning how to play Warcross on an actual team too rather than just what she would do during her bounty hunter days and all that. I think she’s an amazing player and got even better being on the Phoenix Riders team.
Okay look Marie Lu betrayed me with the ending of this book. Not even just the very ending but before the very ending too. But she kept the twist hidden so well that I didn’t even see it coming, so I guess I can sort of forgive her for giving me the ride of my life?
Okay this whole book got me intense! In the best way too because I was like OMG this game is insane! Her journey into the Dark World was insane!!!! That ending was INSANE!
I know this probably got silly towards the ending (meaning my review, not the book) but seriously I loved this book! So far I think this is my favorite Marie Lu book! I am so curious to see how she’s going to end this duology – and yes I know it’s been out for a while but I’m always late to stuff so don’t spoil it – because it can only get more insane from here. In the best way.