Today I am going to do a review of the book Warcross by Marie Lu. Marie Lu has gone onto my list of favourite authors, she is just amazing. I was halfway through this book, when I stopped to pre-order the next book WildCard.
Okay this book was amazing, I was so engrossed in it I read it in a day.
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. (Goodreads)
I absolutely loved the main character Emika. She was amazing, she had rainbow coloured hair, she was a bounty hunter and a hacker. She was also very brave and kind hearted, even thou she had quite a rough upbringing and life.
The second character was Hideo, he is the CEO who created Warcross. He was a very serious man, but as the book went on, he started to open up about his life.
I loved the characters in Emika’s team, I love the fact that they would play on Mario Cart in between training. The Games in Warcross and Tournaments were really action packed, I loved reading about the different levels and what they were going to do, what they were going to plan, and how they got out of trouble.
This is an amazing Sci-fi book, it really reminded me of Ready Player One, but I preferred this book to that. Marie Lu’s writing was deep, witty and insightful. the way she wrote about the games and Tokyo and all the places, made you feel like you were there with Emika. While reading it I kept seeing it as an Anime in my head, they should seriously make it into an Anime.
I think this book had a big turn around at the end of it, some of it I predicted but, still some of it shocked me.
The only problem I had with this was, I felt that the romance element of the story happened really fast, kind of like insta love, but at the same time I really liked the romance.
Recommend or Not
I would highly, highly recommend this book. This is a fast paced book that will keep you at the edge of your seat, wondering what is going to happen next.