My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 just found my new favorite book. Hands down Warcross is one of the best books of 2017, don’t even hesitate to grab this ASAP because it’S SO AMAZINGGGGGggg.
Warcross is set in a time where the bulky VR boxes are now replaced with sleek glasses or even contact lenses that ultimately builds this virtual world around the real world. The technology is so freaking advanced that real-time subtitles actually appear. Warcross is a game that almost everybody plays, it literally swept the whole world. Emika Chen is a “bounty hunter”, she catches illegal players of Warcross in exchange of money. When she accidentally gets the attention of the creator of the game, she finds herself caught in the trouble of both the virtual and real world. (Basically, just read the synopsis above for gist of the book.)
A kick ass female hacker and spy, Emika Chen, is my new favorite heroine. I definitely want to be her and hack my way into Warcross. I want to play Warcross and I’m not even a gamer. Hideo Tanaka, yes his name alone is so swoony I cannot, is the young rich Japanese guy who created the game. The characters were all well-written and diverse, Emika is Chinese-American, Hideo is as mentioned Japanese, Asher—the captain of Emika’s team—is in a wheelchair, (Sidenote: there’s a character name Hamilton Jimenez and the captain referred to her as his “right-hand girl”, that reference alone left me deadt), and overall the whole world gets to participate in the game so each player is from a different country.
The game Warcross is like a cross between Quidditch and the Hunger Games with the vibes of Big Hero 6. I’m not really into games so I can’t describe it in a gamer’s perspective so that’s the best I can give you lol. Basically, it gives you some thrilling and action-packed game scenes that we all love to read.
This is my first book by Marie Lu, but this will definitely not be the last! The world building in this book is phenomenal, the setting was articulately described and I could vividly see futuristic Tokyo, Japan in my mind. It was well-written and paced perfectly, I just couldn’t put it down because I WANTED TO KNOW MORE.
The plot is so deliciously good, it’ll leave you screaming profanities. The perfect balance of action, character-building, plot twists, and romance. The romance is so subtle that you’ll definitely cherish each moment. I thought I guessed all of the plot twists already but revelations sneaked its way to me and THEN I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. There were no more pages left and I was at lost. I was just killed by a book not yet published and it’s sequel will probably take 1828239 years before I get the chance to read it.
Anyway, I didn’t expect to like Warcross this much but I did. I can’t wait for this to come out so that I can start forcing everyone I know to read it. It’s a promising first book of a duology (possibly a trilogy please?), the author did a phenomenal job with the character, plot, and world building. She even managed to make me think about the possibilities that future technology can open to humanity. So please don’t even hesitate to read this, it might kill you but it’s the perfect way to die. JUST READ IT, IT’S THE BESTFBJKFJG.
Thank you so much Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an eARC of this book.