Warcross by Marie Lu
Series: Warcross #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published September 12th, 2017
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
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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 loved this book so much… It’s such a gripping and intense read! Since the very first page, I was completely hooked… I couldn’t stop reading it and even when I did, I was still thinking of it. It has lots of action, tension, friendship, romance, twists, a fantastic online world, everything!
So Why did I give it 4.5 stars? Well, I loved it and yet, it was in a way predictable. Don’t get me wrong, many things surprised me but the main ones I was expecting. I still loved it but it’s just that I saw it coming way too soon… Which also makes me believe the next book will be glorious! Other than that, this book is freaking amazing! Also, it’s passed in Tokio! Nothing could have been better for me!
Warcross is a book that entertained me to no end. It’s extremely exciting, full of amazing characters and with something I love – not only technology but hacking! It was fascinating! – joined with some interesting friendships and a tense romance that I was all in for! I just loved the concept and how a game can bring so many people together. Plus this book has a lot of diversity! It features characters that are Chinese-Americans (Emika), Japanese (Hideo), gay, in a wheelchair, … everything! There are people from all around the world united by Warcross!
This book seems a bit based on the League of Legends championships, only 1000 times better… I see a lot of things in this book that I’ve seen in others and yet it has something special to it. This freaky virtual reality is GLORIOUS! I also loved how the author shows two sides of the same coin. How Warcross being something fantastic can also be something used for not so good reasons… There’s always a dark side, and oh, how I love the dark side!
The characters in this book are nothing more than amazing. Especially Emika – since the beginning I really got attached to her. We see how difficult her life is and how much she tries to make it better. I loved her way of thinking, of solving problems and how she learned how to be like that. I think she is a really good person but an incredibly badass one too! She doesn’t “bow” to anyone, she is strong, intelligent and yet she still makes mistakes just like a normal teenager, and more than that, I love how she is still herself in front of Hideo! It was refreshing to have such a realistically normal person is such a fantastic world.
And then we have Hideo!! I was completely fangirling over these two! Emika and Hideo look adorable together! He’s a person everyone looks up to and we can see that side of him in the beginning but throughout the book, we see also his more human side, the one that is just a boy, doing what he loves, his reasons for it, why he came up with Warcross, etc. I like that we are able to connect with him too and yet have a certain distance from him. It was unsettling and tense, and it made their romance all the more enjoyable!
I loved seeing all the friendships forming, knowing more about all the characters… There’s so many and they are all so different in every way! Different nationalities, different ways of playing, different things that make them tick, different reasons to be playing, everything. I loved their interaction and I think the next book will have even more.
I love how Marie Lu plays with the reader – there are twists and more twists and nothing is ever as it seems. The world is incredibly well detailed. All the virtual reality stuff that appear throughout the book are full of detail, we see them just like we are there, and it’s just so believable… I need a movie on this book!
This was my first book from the author and for sure I am not only continuing with this series but also checking out some of her other books! I absolutely love how fluid and easy her writing is. It gripped me in a way I didn’t feel in a long time like everything caught my attention, you know? There wasn’t one bit of boredom here. It’s a mesmerizing world full of technology and all kinds of emotions!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book, it’s an incredible, incredible world, full of amazing and realistic characters, that made me fangirl more than any book recently and I couldn’t recommend it more!
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