Author: Marie Lu
Expected Publication: 12th September 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—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. 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.
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.
Professional gaming, female hacker, VRMMORPG, augmented reality, bounty hunter, Tokyo, Japan… I’m totally sold!!! This novel alone encompasses all the things I love and I know I have to get my hands on this novel once it’s released. Firstly, I would like to give a huge thank you to Penguin Group and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this arc in exchange for an honest review. I love you Penguin Group! ❤ ❤
I’ve never read any of Marie Lu’s books before and Warcross is the 1st. Nonetheless, I’m completely blown away by the world, characters, and plot. This novel is amazing and utterly captivating. The descriptive texts immerse me into the world of Warcross and the shimmery landscape of Tokyo, Japan. As an avid gamer myself, Marie did a great job in explaining the mechanics of Warcross to the readers.
I’m hooked right from the beginning. Usually, a 400+ page long novel will take me at least 2 days to finish but I finished Warcross in less than a day. I was literally devouring every single page in the novel. XD
Emika is a lovable character. I love how she sticks to her beliefs and doesn’t get swayed easily by other people. I should really learn that from her… Though Emika is a really good hacker, she isn’t arrogant and knows her own limitation and boundaries.
I like how Marie shows the characters traits and abilities through the use of action rather than words. We all know Emika is an excellent hacker and Hideo is a child prodigy, but it is the kind of hacking Emika does and the numerous tools which Hideo invents that show their true abilities and make readers appreciate their talents.
The reason why I’m knocking off 1 star is that I already anticipated the twists even before they occur. As such, I’m not really mind blown by any of the twists. I shall not name any since I wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers. Even so, the major cliff hanger at the end did get me. I was like
Thank you, Marie Lu for writing such an amazing read and for getting me out of my dreaded reading slump. I love you! *insert a million hearts* This is by far, one of the best books I’ve read this year. I will definitely be re-reading Warcross again once I get my hands on the finished copy. I’m so ready for the 2nd novel in the duology. XD
*psst* Someone please make Warcross a reality. I would love to play this game! 😀