I was most fortunate to win a retweet competition on Twitter, courtesy of @SKVetterWrites and @legenbooksdary where I was able to select one out of four books that I would like to receive. Warcross was one of those books. I was dying to read it and there was no way I wasn’t going to choose it. Good lord, I was glad that I did because it was fantastic. Continue on for my spoiler-free review.
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.
Warcross did not disappoint in any way. It was a bloody good read, as I knew it would be. Marie Lu is a brilliant storyteller, creating and developing the most intriguing worlds. I was sucked into the narrative immediately. Therefore, I cannot fault this glorious book.
Warcross takes place in two different locations, New York, where our beloved Emika resides, and Tokyo, where the hugely popular Warcross takes place. It was absolutely refreshing to read the story set in Tokyo. I for one have never read books set in this part of the world (shame on me) and like Emika, exploring this part of the world for the first time as well, it felt that we were both experiencing this together.
From the very first page, I was thrown into the action which is something that I really enjoy while reading a book. What made Warcross more enjoyable was the story was well-developed and the rules of the game were explained in enough detail for me to follow. So if you’re not a gamer, you can still get a general idea! Perfect! What made Warcross amazing was the amount of thought that Marie Lu put into the designing of this game. She really thought of everything to make it feel 100% real. All the tiny details made the story feel extra special. Where and when can I get a pair of my Warcross glasses?
The pace of the story was good. Not too fast and not too slow. Which for me was ideal as I didn’t want the story to be rushed.
Our main protagonist, Emika is BADASS. She has rainbow hair and sleeve tattoo, she’s oozing coolness – oh and she’s a professional hacker. What more could you want from a character?! She’s a likeable character and you are rooting for her the entire time. You want her to succeed, and after everything, she has been through she totally deserves it. Emika is a bounty hunter who tracks down people who bet on the game illegally. Recently her hunts have not gone well for her, she’s on edge of becoming homeless; living on the dangerous streets of NYC. After a “failed” hack on the opening Warcross game, Emika finds herself in Tokyo meeting the game’s creator Hideo Tanaka and her life is about to change!
She is a super strong female character, she never lets anything stop her and never gives up even when things are not looking in her favour.
All the other characters in the story were fantastic! There was a range of diversity in the book which I loved. It made the story feel more real, involving people from all different backgrounds into the story. I can’t fault it!
You’ve all heard about this book, I know you have. So now is the time to go out, buy it and READ IT.