Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Science Fiction
Category: Young Adult
Status: Book 1 of Warcross series
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.
I’ll be honest, I was wary of this book before picking it up. When reviews of this book started rolling out, for a long time all I could see in my WordPress and twitter feeds were reviews of Warcross. All I saw were 5 star reviews. THERE WAS SO MUCH HYPE. And I’m generally wary of so much hype because how. But I read it and now I understand.
It is totally worth the hype.
We have 18 year old Emika Chen, hacker extraordinaire and bounty hunter. She’s struggling for money and to pay her rent. After a particular hard day, she manages to hack into the opening live show of the Warcross Championships to get something but instead glitches herself into the game.
Next day, she’s offered a job instead of being arrested. Personally by the CEO (who is freaking handsome and also her idol). She’s ripped from her life and thrown into the spotlight and is given the chance of her life.*
From then on, she’s focused on hunting someone causing problems in Warcross and to also bring her team up in the Championships.
The whole story is very gripping and fast-paced and I LOVED IT.
I’ll admit, I DID see one of the twists in the ending coming long before, but the other one took me off-guard. The plot is 10/10.
*Isn’t this everyone’s dream? To be suddenly pulled out of your sad life into luxury? I also read this part TWICE because it made me so giddy and happy. I loved it.
I loved Emika Chen. She’s smart, has fast-reflexes, thinks fast and is brilliant at what she does. I could very easily fall into her and become her throughout the book. I couldn’t have picked a better personality to see the world through.
Hideo Tanaka made me feel everything I was meant to and I feel played*? How do I somehow love all the stoic guys who are only amused by the MC? But what made me love more was his nerdiness as well. Damn he’s smart.
Emika’s team for the games were really cool too. I especially loved Asher and Rohan*. Honestly, I liked all of the side characters. I do wish that they’d been shown more, because I really wanted to get to know them more but since we’re Emika and she’s focused on one thing, it isn’t possible. Still, though. I wish.
*If you’ve read the book, you’ll get this better.
**Woo Indian person.
The World Building
Yes finally I’ve been WAITING to get to this.
I LOVED IT.
I LOVED THIS FUTURISTIC WORLD AND ALL THE GADGETS AND THE CONCEPT OF WARCROSS AND EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING.*
For almost all of the book we’re in Tokyo, which is BLOOMING BRILLIANT in this book with the improvements in technology.
- Being able to wear “glasses” which let you dive into a whole new world just by wearing it, which senses your movements and translates them into movements in the game. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED A CONTROLLER.
- Being able to see other’s avatars who walk on the street in real life. There’s a film of Warcross onto the real life so you see avatars, pets, levels and more of the stranger on the road. LIKE, WHAT EVEN.
- Tokyo has been completely virtualized with a film of Warcross over it. Again, WHAT EVEN.**
- The game world was also blooming amazing?? Like.. can I love there?
- I totally understand why everyone in the book is obsessed with Warcross like it’s a drug because I WOULD BE TOO.
- I WANT TO BE IN THAT WORLD.
- I WANT TO PLAY WARCROSS.
- (what was this list about, again? It wasn’t about me raving to be in the book? Really?)
- Honestly though, all the descriptions were F A N T A S T I C.
- I just love the world building, okay? A little*** too much, maybe but IT’S VALID, I promise!
This book is for the science (especially computer****) geeks and for all those who love gaming, futuristic worlds and technology.
*Nicola Yoon reference because this world building is everything.
**I have no words.
****I’d know, I am one.
If you haven’t read this WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING GO GO GO!
1100/100 recommended to everyone.
I absolutely loved it and caNNOT WAIT for the next book.