Book Review #142
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA, Science Fiction
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
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.
This is the kind of book that I never knew I actually needed in my life! Because once again, Marie Lu has not failed to make me feel in awe and amazed by her story. There’s definitely a whole lot of reasons why she is one of my favourite authors but I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to talk about the world of Warcross.
Let’s start from the very beginning. Emika is a bounty hunter who is struggling with debt, life and money until she sees an opportunity and grabs it. Literally in front of millions of people in the middle of the most important game of the year and I can’t quite say she’s bold for doing it. Smart, yes probably but she’s after all just a desperate girl in need of money. Yet what she did has changed her life.
Hideo is definitely wise for recruiting her to catch an invisible criminal. And from then on of this story, love sparks between Hideo and Emika while Emika trains to play in the game while simultaneously trying with all her might to catch Zero.
Can I just say how great it is the way how Marie has described the beautiful city of Tokyo. I love everything about it and it really makes me want to just drop everything and book a plane ticket for Tokyo—to just wander around and bask in the surrounding.
Before I wrap up my review can we just talk about the ending for a second. Hideo, how could you?!!!!! You go, Emika!!!!!! And I need to know more about Zero, please I beg of you. It’s all I need now please!!!!
I really really really cannot wait for the second book to know more about what happens yet at the same time just to live in this world full of games, deceits and wonderland. I absolutely look forward to the second book and I might say without an ounce of regret in me that I may be unreachable and hard to contact because I will be busy to be back in this world again.