Warcross by Marie Lu
Also by this author: Batman: Nightwalker, Wildcard
Series: Warcross #1
Also in this series: Wildcard
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
Genres: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game—it's a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she's convinced she'll be arrested, and is shocked when 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. In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
I have only read one other book by Lu and that was when I read Legend several years ago. Since I am not a big fan or reader of her books I didn’t know what to expect going into Warcross so I just kept an open mind.
This book feels special from the beginning. I really loved seeing a future world of our own where technology can be seen in everything we do and that Warcross was this virtual game that anyone could play. The entire virtual world was so lush and well described in the book that it felt like you were standing in the Warcross games. I also loved that this took place in two big cities that I have never been to, it made it feel as if the world was the one we are currently living in. The plot that went along with the world building was not entirely original but I liked the idea of hackers and how that can play out in a world that is held captive by so much technology.
Aside from the world building of this book I also really liked all of the characters and their stories. I liked how Emika really didn’t have anything left to lose so she just jumps on the idea of going to meet one of her idols and join this crazy fast paced world of Warcross. I liked how she wasn’t really a strong or weak character, she had real life issues that shaped the way she viewed the world. I liked her moments of pain and weakness just as much as I loved her moments of triumph. I also fell for the male lead, Hideo. I don’t feel that there was anything too original about him but I liked how he was closed off and also had these huge life moments that shaped his character and his moral thinking. I especially liked all of the interactions Hideo has with Emika and how their relationship slowly forms.
Apart from the two leading roles, the teams of players for the warcross games were especially likable. I enjoyed all of Emika’s teammates and how they each had something to bring to the table not just for the games but for the storyline. I do wish we could learn a little more about their pasts because I feel they could be fleshed out a little more.
Overall, this world is fantastic! I liked warcross so much and the idea of the neurolink was very scientific. I was happy overall with the setting, the world, the romance and the characters. I don’t even know what to think from the ending of this, only that I need Wildcard, the second book, right now!