Warcross by Marie Lu
Published September 12, 2017
Series: Warcross #1
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 accidentally read this entire book when I picked it up for quick study-break release D:. This book was everything I could ever want as a gamer and a lover of dystopian fiction. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ONE TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS.
I was really worried about this book being a YA rip-off of Ready Player One, which is a threat I saw in some other reviews. However, other than the virtual reality gaming aspect, I didn’t see many similarities. I can’t believe I didn’t pick this book up for so long because of these fears. The YA feel of Warcross was really enjoyable to me (although I still enjoyed the gaming part the most), because I love a good romance mixed in with my worldwide drama.
Emika is an amazing and strong and awesome heroine that I want to be best friends with. She has overcome so much in her life, and I just want to give her a big hug (even though she doesn’t need it because she’s a bada$$ person).
And HIDEO. Ugh, I love him so much, and I’m so angry right now, but I still love him…and that’s about all I can say without spoiling anything.
In summary – GO READ THIS BOOK. Or, you know, wait until the next one comes out so you don’t need to WAIT IN AGONY for a year +. AND THEN READ IT.