Author: Marie Lu
Start date: October 4, 2017
Finish date: October 12, 2017
✧✧✧✧/5 (Technically 3.5/5 but I rounded up)
(Warning: This review may contain some spoilers)
I’m a gamer so when I heard about another YA release, this time by a female ASIAN author, about a game tournament I was ecstatic. I needed this book in my life.
Marie Lu builds an immersive future world in which technology has completely consumed everyone’s lives. Everything can be done in virtual reality and people spend most of their waking hours in this world; this version of reality doesn’t stray far from what we’re doing ourselves either. Lu spends a lot of time describing the society, the class differences, and the settings that the reader becomes fully engaged with the story right away. Throw in the fact that we have an Asian protagonist and a cast of extremely diverse characters, we have a rare and amazing gem in Warcross.
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Author: Cindy Pon
Start date: July 11, 2017
Finish date: July 18, 2017
✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/ 5
Do you want to live in a smog-ridden world where the longevity of your life is dictated by a corrupt corporation? This is the reality for Jason Zhou where the rich lead comfortable lifestyles while the poor struggle to survive on the streets. The rich are protected from diseases by special suits that are made by the all powerful Jin Corporation, and Jason has had enough. In order to infiltrate Jin Corp, he must pose as one of the elites he despises and befriend the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO.
When I initially learned of a YA novel set in Taipei, my thoughts were as follows:
This is one of the first YA stories I’ve read that is set in my home country. Being Taiwanese myself, I couldn’t believe that there was FINALLY something like this! So THANK YOU to Simon Pulse for publishing an amazing book like this, and for allowing a Taiwanese author to shine in the wonderful world of YA works. My teenage self would have loved to read something like this back in the day.
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Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Start Date: Aug 13, 2015
Finished: Aug 19, 2015
I know people are going to come after me with torches and pitchforks, but I did not like this book at all. Here’s to another gorgeous cover and interesting premise that ultimately falls shorts and ended up being a disappointing read. I gave this a 1.5/5. I just don’t have a way to represent the half point.
Let me just say that I really, really, really enjoyed it at first (when I had somewhat of an idea what was going on and the world building was stable and coherent). I loved how sassy Aza was and how each family member was portrayed, especially her sister for not giving a rat’s ass and treating Aza like a regular human being. I had so much hope for this book before she was inevitably beamed up to the Amina Pennarum and readers were sent in whirlwind of “Wtf is happening?!” and “Can I stop reading this now?”
With the way the story started out, I feel like this would have been much more successful as a contemporary YA novel. The whole fantasy aspect just fell apart when she boarded the ship. It was like a different author took over the writing and didn’t know what she was doing, so all she could do was slap on description after description of what could be fascinating aspects of the story but never actually lingers to tell us more. I was bombarded by so much information and I hate that. I couldn’t savour each detail properly because Headley was already moving onto the next piece of information. The way the second half of the book was written is exactly like what you would get if you opened up a pop-up book; everything is presented to you all at once, and don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly pretty, but so overwhelming at the same time.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
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