Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross by Marie Lu
(Warcross #1)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 12th, 2017
by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
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.

My thoughts…

Wow! This was such a fun and amazing read that did not disappoint. I was hesitant to purchase Warcross because I’m not a gamer and have never been interested in gaming. Okay that’s a lie, I was very interested in Pac-Man but that was in the 80’s.

Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter and waitress, but the bounty hunting world is a competitive one. After receiving one to many eviction notices taped to her apartment door, Emika needs to make some quick cash. Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships, only to accidentally put herself into the game and not hiding her identity.

Young handsome billionaire Hideo Tanaka, is impressed with Emika abilities to hack into the Warcross Championships. The morning after, Emika finds herself flying across the world on a private jet to meet with Warcross creator and Henka Games owner Hideo Tanaka. Hideo is someone she has admired for most of her life and inspired her to learn code and do well in school after the death of her father. Hideo has a job offer for Emika, the security shield has been breached by some other hacker and Hideo needs Emika to catch them. The best way for Emika to do that is enter this year’s games as a Wild Card player, to spy on the other players.

I truly enjoyed Emika, with her rainbow hair, chasing bad guys on her electric board. I felt saddened for Hideo, the pain he and his family endured was heartbreaking. There was an attraction between these two that was very genuine. The romance wasn’t overwhelming and I’m looking forward to seeing how Emika and Hideo relationships plays out in the next book.

This was the first book my Marie Lu that I’ve read, and the writing pulled me in. It felt like I was in the video game along with Emika and the Phoenix Riders. I did figure out early on who the identity of Zero was, but the ending and his purpose for hacking into the game was a complete surprise. It’s going to be tough waiting for the second Warcross book.

Happy Reading -J 


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