Author: Marie Lu
1st book in the Warcross Series
Young Adult Science Fiction
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’m always a bit hesitant to pick up a book when the hype that surrounds it’s so big… I had this book for a while but I was scared that I wasn’t going to like it, I shouldn’t have been…It was an unusual and entertaining read….(unusual for me because I don’t read too much sci/fi or cyberpunk)
“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”
I love the world Marie Lu created in this book, it’s so real, you get immerse in it so easily because a lot of what it’s describe there can be an everyday thing (with all the new technological advancements I’m sure we’ll get there soon enough) The VR glasses and the mix of the fantasy worlds we created along with our everyday reality…
“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”
I was fascinated by that, I wanted to be there. It was also very clever to make use of the fact that the main focus of the book “The Warcross competitions” were a worldwide event…It gave her the chance to make up this range of diverse characters, from every part of the world…However I wish that there were more distinctive things from the main ones and not just telling us where there from and that they speak this or that language. Maybe as the series progresses we’ll get to see more of this, and we’ll get more from the Team. I’m looking forward to that.
The game was exciting, it kept you on your toes with all that was going on in and out of the actual competition. The description is flawless, is all I can say. It hooks you in.
Emika is one the few female characters that I’ve recently read and didn’t annoyed me..She wasn’t impulsive, and thoughtless..and She was Kick ass in a very realistic way, I love her strength and her willingness to do whatever it took to survive and help others.
“Everyone has a different way of escaping the dark stillness of their mind.”
Hideo was really intriguing, his evolution as a character was very smart. He first started as the typical billionaire love interest and evolve into this sort of not quite villain figure. I love getting to know his background and I truly felt that his feeling of responsibility towards what happened to his family (taken to the extreme) was on point to someone with his cultural roots…
Their relationship I enjoyed quite a lot, that play between a real interest and manipulation…You carry on this doubt with you as you see the relationship develop…never being quite sure if he is sincere or just manipulating her….
The downside I have with the story was that it wasn’t as surprising as I thought it would be, I knew what was going to happen right up the bat…Not a new story but the way it is told makes it worth it… I’m looking forward to the sequel, and I hope we get more of the same moral ambiguity that is presented here, which path is right? and how far would you go to enforce it?
“But beauty can make people forgive a thousand cruelties.”
If you are looking for a fun, cyberpunk read…with a bit of romance and intriguing moral dilemas ….Pick this up it is worth it.