by Marie Lu
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
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.
“Some people still say that Warcross is just a stupid game. Others say it’s a revolution. But for me and millions of others, it’s the only foolproof way to forget our troubles.”
Umm, What took me so long to read this book?! Marie Lu I just want to talk about that ending. I’m shook okay, SHOOK!
I did not expect to love this when I started reading. As the story progressed I couldn’t stop reading. I put all the other books I was reading on hold so I finish this one. This book has a futuristic vibe to it but also had an air of mystery around it as well.
This is the first book that I have read by Marie Lu and I seriously want to live in this world created. Her writing made this book vivid to me! While I was reading I could picture everything she was describing.
In this book, Warcoss is so much more than a game. It’s a way of life. Something where people can leave the stress of life behind. Warcross is also how Emika Chen who is a bounty hunter and a hacker earns a living.
“Here, almost everything you do will earn you points toward your level in the Link. Going to school. Going to work. Cooking dinner. And so on. Your level can earn you rewards in the real world, anything from popularity with your classmates to better service at restaurants, to an edge over others for a job interview.”
Emika was really relatable to me! She was willing to do what she could to stay afloat. When she found herself in Tokyo with a job offer and money that’s too good to be true, she makes the most of it and gives it her all.
There was some romance in here. YAS! I loved the building relationship that was happening with Emika and Hideo. I like that it wasn’t rushed and you got a chance to feel their emotions. I was squealing along with Emika during her moments with Hideo.
I got a bit of the twists right but I was still knocked flat on my butt when everything was out in the open!
The only reason I couldn’t give this book 5 stars was because a bit of the gaming went over my head. It has nothing to do with it being bad, it just wasn’t something I was accustomed to.
All in all, this book was entertaining, thrilling, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I need to gets my hands on Wildcard like yesterday! Why is September so far away?