Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu
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 Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world...
...is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. 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.
Synopsis from Chapters.Indigo.ca
Warcross is a virtual game where players compete in teams to win, and the story jumps into the world championship series with our down-our-her-luck hero entering to the shock and awe of the crowd. I love this idea in theory because it’s very connected to how quickly our world is changing; the idea of a virtual game essentially becoming new wave of world sports doesn’t seem too far fetched to me. But there were some parts of this book that just didn’t convince me. So let’s talk about it….
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What I’m On the Fence About:
Overall, I think this was a good start to a new series by Marie Lu. I’m definitely excited to meet the other gamers (rebels?) and get to know them better. I feel like we didn’t get enough of Asher, Hammie, Roshan and Termaine this book, so I’m hoping we see more of them soon. And we get more of ZERO! I’m excited to see where this goes.
FINAL RATING: 4/5
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