Warcross (Warcross #1)
by Marie Lu
(futuristic fantasy, YA, light LitRPG)
This is an amusing book. I wasn’t sure at first, because the romance in the book seemed a bit too insta-love-ish. However, once the start of the relationship was established, it got a lot less eye-roll-worthy and became more interesting to read.
The game aspect is a lot of fun. I’ve heard a lot of people compare it to a Ready Player One knock-off, but since I haven’t read RPO yet I can’t compare. I do know that the game aspect (and really, the whole virtual world part) is a little vague in this book, which is why I can think of it as “light” LitRPG. I suspect we’re going to see more stories of this nature as virtual & augmented reality technology continues to mature.
The good parts: I liked the concept of the tech, and the game sounded fun to watch (though it’s not my kind of game to play). Many of the characters were enjoyable, and most of them had good development (or good enough development for the genre).
The meh: the reveal of “who is Zero?” at the end was rather predictable. Zero’s motives are not explained yet, though, and without those motives a lot of his actions are hard to believe. Additionally, there were some times when the first-person-present POV was written… oddly. Nothing glaring, and most readers probably won’t notice. But a few word choices kicked me entirely out of the story as I tried to figure out how to re-write the sentence.
The bad: I do not believe the romance. Once it gets started, maybe. But nowhere in the set-up am I given any believable reason why the guy would be romantically interested enough in the girl for the romance to get started in the first place. Also, while most of the characters are well-developed, there are a few who are left to be cliches.
Did I enjoy the book? Yes, once I got into it. Would I recommend it? Sure, if it sounds like your cup of tea. (I’m not going to universally recommend it the way I do with my favorite books, though.) Am I going to continue reading the series? Probably. Eventually. I can’t promise that I’ll rush out and buy the next book as soon as it’s available, though, the way I did with this one.
Rating: 4 stars