I’ve read a couple of really good books lately and these are two of them! I’ve read Warcross by Marie Lu together with Ilsen, and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor was actually the first book I started in 2018.
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.
Warcross was so much fun to read! It’s set in this futuristic world where they use augmented reality and virtual reality in such a fun way. I loved the way that was shown and all the gaming aspects of the world. It was almost entirely built around the Warcross game. There were some minor things that just made me raise an eyebrow, like how the creator of this incredibly complex thing was 13-year-old when he created it and how there were no other applications of this virtual reality and neurolink technology except for Warcross, which seemed a little odd to me. Anyway, that all aside, I really liked the world and the complexity of it, and yet it was not too complex not to grasp.
The characters were great! I loved Emika and the side characters. They were all complex and diverse and had distinct personalities. I loved reading their interactions, which were fun and engaging. I loved how most characters were not simply good or bad, they had skewed morals, weren’t always the kindest people and sometimes did bad things for good reasons. This was one of my favourite things about the book!
I’m giving this book 4,5 stars because it was so intense and fun to read! There were so many plot twists and turns and in the end, I just could no longer put it down! The ending left me wanting more and wanting answers!! I definitely recommend this book!
“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
Strange the Dreamer is such a different story from most of what I read. It’s high-fantasy, for one, but it’s also so original. I’ve read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, and fell in love with her writing and her originality. Again she has managed to develop this entirely different, beautiful world and story. I don’t want to tell you too much about it, because I think to go into it not knowing it, is the best way to read this book.
A few other things I loved most about this book were the writing style and the characters. From everything in this book, you can see how good Laini Taylor is at her skill. She is such a magnificent writer, her sentences are beautiful, her wording stunning, it’s just such a pleasure to read. There were a lot of characters in this book and there are definitely some I can barely tell apart, but for the most part, they were all very distinct and I loved reading their interactions. The dialogue was so fun and there was so much sass, I loved it!
I’m giving this book 5 stars, despite that it has quite a bit of insta-love. I went into it knowing it was going to happen, because that’s just a very Laini Taylor thing to do haha. Either way, I really loved the way the relationship developed, though it went a bit too fast. Anyway, I would highly recommend this book if you like fantasy, and if you don’t know whether you’re going to like the writing style I suggest trying to read a few pages before getting the book!
“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?”