When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when 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. In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
Second Book of #2018FWTBRPick for the month of July! Don’t forget to click the link to see what it is all about! ❤
Ooh that shiny cover – my inner #coverwhore came to the forefront when this came up for pre – order!
“Every locked door has a key.
Every problem has a solution.”
Warcross is a YA book with a virtual reality game as a subplot – and it was such a different concept in the science fiction genre (Okay; I haven’t yet read Ready Player; so it’s a new concept for me!) and I definitely enjoyed getting lost in the book!
Warcross was fun; dazzlingly and definitely terrifyingly roller coaster ride of a plot – there was a never a dull moment; plot twists along with some incredible gaming plots that require some imagination to fully experience – it was one beautiful ride for this beauty!
Emika Chen (yay for Asian/Chinese Rep!) is a broke bounty hunter; who on a whim to find a way to survive another night; hacks into the biggest game night ever – and that puts her on the map – and soon enough, she is moving from her run – down apartment to the shiny world of Tokyo; where she finds a home with the Pheonix Riders as a “wildcard”; a team participating in the Warcross Event and finds a possible romance with the founder and creator of Warcross; Hideo Tanaki.
Yes, there are some aspects of the plot that some seasoned veterans of the YA genre as quite predictable – even I did; but what there were some explanations of the twists in the last 100 pages that I still can’t stop thinking about it – the logic so carefully crafted and presented that it was hard to actually fight the logic; which is exactly why it was supposed to be fought – I didn’t envy Emika at the time; and I do not envy the path that she has to take in the future.
Which definitely means I am bubbling with excitement for the next book in this duology (it is a duology, right?) – I can’t wait to see where Marie Lu takes Emika, Hideo & the others on the next journey!
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