Warcross (#1)

Holy smokes, this one blew me away!

Admittedly, it started off slow. Real slow. I read it aloud with my ten-year-old daughter and we were both a little bored by it. But somewhere along the way, it gained momentum and became the most action-packed, intense ride!

Think Hunger Games meets Ready Player One.

Warcross was pretty simple: two teams battled each other, one trying to take the other team’s Artifact (a shiny gem) without losing their own. What made it spectacular were the virtual worlds the battles were set in, each one so realistic that putting on your glasses was like dropping you right into that place.I picked this book up for my son (he’s twelve). He’s a very reluctant reader but had recently finished, and loved, Ready Player One. I’m not sure what prompted me to pick it up as a read-along with my daughter, but we both equally loved it and I can’t wait for my son to read it to see what he thinks!

I haven’t read any of Marie Lu’s work before, so I had no idea what I was getting into. But she proved herself to be a masterful storyteller – this story builds to an incredible climax and finishes with several mind-blowing twists. The cliffhanger at the end is perfect and made my daughter and I sad that we can’t run out tomorrow to continue on this fantastic ride!

As mentioned before, Lu has an amazing ability to write in detail. As I was reading it, I felt like I was watching an actual movie. I’m crossing my fingers this gets picked up and is made into a movie ASAP – I think it would be fun to see this one come to life (that’s something I NEVER say…if you know me, you know I am NOT a movie person…but I would definitely go see this one)!!

My only complaint is that there seemed to be some unnecessary narration that took away from the real story. But I forgive that tiny annoyance because the story is that good!

If you haven’t read this one yet, what are you waiting for?!?!?

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