Warcross by Marie Lu
Published by: Penguin Random House on September 12th, 2017
Genre: 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.
I don’t read science fiction as often as I’d like. But when I do, I always end up loving it–The Lunar Chronicles. Illuminae. And now, Warcross.
I can’t even begin to explain how amazing this book was. Just by reading the summary, I’m sure you can tell how unique it is. Usually when a book has so much going on like this one did, I’m bound to get confused. Especially if it’s science fiction. But I completely understood everything that was happening–the world, the conflicts, the plot twists. Everything. That’s how talented of a writer Marie Lu is.
Speaking of Marie Lu, this was the first book I’ve read by her, and now I want to read every single one she has. I’m so happy that both the Legend and the Young Elites trilogies are complete, so I have something to do while I’m waiting for the second book in the Warcross series.
This is one of those books that would just make an incredible movie. It follows eighteen-year-old hacker, Emika, who, like the rest of the world, is obsessed with a virtual reality game called Warcross, which was created by twenty-one-year-old billionaire, Hideo Tanaka. After she hacks into the opening game of the Warcross Championship, Emika expects to be sued, or even worse, arrested, but instead, she gets a personal call from Hideo himself: he wants her to work for him.
From then on, things get really crazy. I was never bored once–I actually read it in one sitting, which rarely happens–because this book is just so fast-paced and action-packed, which I loved. I was always interested and kept on my toes, and I loved all the characters. I’m usually pretty good at guessing plot twists, but you will not believe how shocked I was. I literally GASPED. I’ve never gasped in my life. That’s how thrilling this book is.
I also really enjoyed the romance, as well as all of the characters. However, I do feel like the only ones we really got to know were Emika and Hideo. Even though they are the central characters, there were a lot of supporting characters I would have liked to learn more about, which I’m hoping to see in the next book.
“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”
All in all, Warcross is such an incredible, addicting read. Whether you like science fiction or not, I highly recommend it. This is definitely one of the best books of the year, by far.