I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Warcross by Marie Lu
on September 12, 2017
Also by this author: Legend
Series: Warcross #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Amazon Vine, NetGalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge, 2017 Flights of Fantasy Challenge
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.
Warcross isn’t a book that I would normally pick up, to be honest. I’m not a huge science fiction reader, nor am I interested in video game books, but I’ve already read and loved one book by Marie Lu…and the hype did get to me a bit, so I had to read it. The hype is justified, because I loved this adventure!
Warcross is set in a world where virtual reality has become mainstream. Even businesses and cities cater to it. Most people spend all of their free time in the virtual world and in Warcross game.
I liked Emika a lot. She was tough and good at what she does. She had a complicated and sad past that made her interesting. I liked that she didn’t take crap from anyone, but she still had a soft side. She was easy to root for. Emika’s teammates were a very diverse group. Marie Lu does a wonderful job adding in wonderfully diverse characters without it feeling forced. I loved seeing them interact and clash. I’m excited to learn more about everyone in the next book.
There’s also a bit more romance than I was expecting. Wow! Was it full of steamy chemistry! *heart eyes* That’s really all I’m going to say about that for now…Sorry to be vague, but I don’t want to give anything away!
The game was so creative and captivating. The players-characters-were literally thrown into a video game. There was so much action. It was so thrilling. I had no idea what was going to be thrown at them next or how they would ever get out of it. Virtual reality isn’t just limited to the game in this world. People wear their glasses all the time. Whole cities and businesses have incorporated virtual reality into everything. It’s just part or the fabric of this society. I found it a little jarring and unnerving. It definitely made me think about our society’s obsession with our phones and how we miss the world around us because we’re always looking down. Emika’s world felt very possible.
Warcross was just a fantastic read! There were just a couple of places where I felt like the plot dragged a little, but other than that I was totally hooked! The wait for book 2 is going to be a tough one!