Warcross – Marie Lu
Genre: YA Fiction, Sci-fi, Dystopian
Pages: 353
Release Date: September 2017
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.
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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, for the whole world to see and become an overnight sensation.
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The now-famous hacker is whisked off to Tokyo to meet the games creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament and wants Emika for the job.
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But it’s not long before she uncovers a sinister plot—one that could shatter the entire warcross empire…

Wow wow wow wow. This book was amazing. I was a bit hesitant about reading Warcross as I don’t really read the sci-fi genre and I’m not really into gaming, so considering that’s all I knew about this book before buying it, I don’t actually know what made me want to buy it, but I have no regrets. I had so much fun reading this book and it was so well written, I read it within a few days and it went by so fast, it was filled with action, adventure and plot twists the whole way through. I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

My favourite part about this book was definitely the dystopian/sci-fi element. I thought the whole virtual reality/gaming concept was really cool (and being someone who isn’t that into gaming, it was really easy to follow, which I appreciated). The story is set in a world that becomes consumed by a virtual reality device, called Neurolink, and the game built within it, being Warcross. I think one of the things that intrigued me the most about the virtual reality world was that while reading about it, it made me feel like this could low-key be our actual reality in the next decade or so. I feel like our society, as a whole, is very tech savvy and it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if something comparable to the Neurolink was to be created in real life.

I loved the setting of this book. Majority of the book took place in Tokyo and I loooovvveddd the description of the city it was so detailed and it created such a vivid image in my head and now I just want to go to Japan😭😭

There were two main characters in this story, Emika Chen and Hideo Tanaka. The story follows the perspective of Emika and I quite enjoyed her character, I thought she was really smart and I liked that she was unpredictable, which made the story even more fun. As for Hideo, I had mixed feelings about his character. I enjoyed him for the most part but I still felt kind of iffy about him.

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my conflicting feelings for Hideo were mainly due to the “big plot twist” toward the end. I didn’t agree with what he was planning on doing and I understood his reasoning for it, but at the same time it didn’t make sense and it low-key annoyed me because I was enjoying his character so much prior to the plot twist reveal.

The only “bad” thing I have to say about this book was that I found some parts of the plot to be quite predictable. However, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book, it was just something I noticed.

Overall, Warcross is an amazing book and I highly recommend you read it. It is such a fun read and worth all the hype.

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