Virtual reality was discovered by a young teenager ten years ago. The discovery happened at a critical period in the developer's, Hideo Tanaka, life. However, it was also a saving grace for Emika Chen, a ten year old orphan, who uses it as motivation to learn how to code.
Now every aspect of the world has been changed. Warcross, the default game included with the virtual reality software, is a global phenomenon. Every year a major tournament is held. Except this time Emika glitches herself into the opening ceremonies. What follows is an amazing ride of action and interactions. Some predictable and others that take you by surprise.
Warcross was the first book that I read by Marie Lu. She is now fast becoming a favorite author, although Warcross is still my favorite book. I love that it takes on the impact of the internet in our life, the reach of corporations through that use, and the choices we as consumers can make. It also is a total gamer geek paradise.
The characters are amazing. They are very diverse, from different genders, nationalities, abilities, sexualities, and even socio economic backgrounds. All of them come with rich backgrounds and are so vivid that I feel like I know each one.
This is a new all time favorite book. I cannot wait to read it again.
Prince Jal is a total jerk. He is completely unlikable. He sleeps around with women treating them like objects, he has a sever gambling addiction, and he is a total coward.
Except. . .
Even as a total jerk I couldn't help but become infatuated by him. You know that person that has no distinguishing characteristics, yet you still remain friends. There is just something about them that gives you hope.
As I continued on with the story I grew to like Jal more and more. There are parts that make you that maybe he is worth all your adoration. Then you left face palming yourself wondering why you bother.
Except. . .
Prince of Fools is more than Jal. It is different perspective on the Broken Empire. It is an epic fantasy novel. It is exceptionally written, and an enjoyable read.
I mean, if too much growth happened in the first book then what would be the point of the last two? Although, I have a feeling that Lawrence will once again not bow to expectations. I am already left wondering how the trilogy will end.
The Elites is a post apocalyptic novel about the city Neo-Babel. After a huge world war Neo-Babel is the only city left standing. The city was a social experiment before the end of the world, where all cultures came and lived together. As such, The Elites is full of a culturally diverse cast of characters.
Silver is an elite, someone chosen for their genetic superiority and bread from a young age to be skilled soldiers. Her best friend is Butterfly, a boy who had wings grafted into his back.
I enjoyed The Elites. The concept of the novel is not unique, but it was something that felt fresh. It was engaging, had good writing, a good plot, and realistic characters. It was a solid good novel.
However, I could see where it could have been amazing. With some tweaks of the dialogue, a more detailed background, and more culture thrown in the book would have been a solid excellent novel. Having read Ngan's latest book (The Girls of Paper and Fire) I know how she has grown as an author. While The Elites is a good novel, it is not the same excellence as her latest work.
With that being said, The Elites was still a very enjoyable read.
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