Warcross by Marie Lu
The first book in the series.
My Rating – 5*/5*
‘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. ‘
This is the second Marie Lu book I have read and by far the book that I enjoyed the most. Obviously, you can’t really compare The Young Elites to Warcross as they are very different but I enjoyed the latter a lot more, I wanted to read it as slow as I could to make it last since I have no idea when the second book in the series will be released.
This book had me hooked from page one and I actually wanted to play the game Warcross, it sounds friggin’ awesome after all! I just started reading Ready Player One(which is awesome) and I feel like Wacross has similar vibes as Ready Player One while holding its own.
I loved all the unique and diverse characters that were created, Emika was probably my favourite closely followed by Ren and Ash, I even liked Hideo a bit too! 😊
The writing was captivating as was the setting – a massive arena (set in Tokyo) where they play this game that’s watched by hundreds and thousands and millions and billions of people all over the world. It truly was such an enjoyable read for me.
Also, I feel like the cover needs a quick mention because as a person who loves covers (and buys impulsely based on the cover) this one was friggin amazing and so colourful and I really wished I had brought the hardback as when you take of the dust jack it’s so pretty! 😀
I love how Emika grows throughout the book and we see her open up to her team mates and her relationship with Hideo I really liked as well.
The next book can’t come quick enough as I need to know what happens to bad, the twists and turns in this book I didn’t expect and I enjoyed very much. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Marie Lu’s books 😊