I received this book for free from ALAAC17 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
Series: Warcross #1
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 12th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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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.
Even with all of the hype surrounding this book, I was actually pleasantly surprised by it. I really tried to go into it with no expectations because I didn’t want to be let down and I’m glad I did. I haven’t really ever read a video game book and I’ve only read one other book by Marie Lu and while I’m not sure this one completely turned me on to all books based around video games, it does make me want to read more books by Lu.
This biggest hurdle for me in this book was the virtual reality game. As someone who doesn’t code or play games or really have any interest in either, those were the parts that left me the most confused and likely to stop reading. I just didn’t understand most of it, especially her role as both a player (also, I really didn’t get her Architect role in the game, it mostly just felt like she just blew stuff up? IDK) and her job as a spy for Hideo. But regardless, I still enjoyed the book overall because there’s a bigger plot happening that gets more and more interesting as Emika continues to uncover all the secrets. And even with the virtual world being such a big part of the story, it was still interesting for me when she went into it and when she hacked into places she shouldn’t be. I definitely enjoy good mysteries and while I did figure out who was behind all of this about halfway through, I still had no idea what their big plan was until the very end. So it was definitely a worthwhile read. And if you start it and find it to be slow, give it till about the halfway mark. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it but then once it picked up, I couldn’t put it down. Plus, Emika is a really great MC if you just give her a little bit of time!
If you’re a fan of science-fiction, especially when the world that exists in the book isn’t really even that far off from the world we live in now, and you like interesting main characters and mysteries and a few surprises, I think you’ll like this book too. (There’s also a little bit of romance but it wasn’t overwhelming to the plot, which was nice.)