Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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 summary)
“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”
OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK AND I NEED THE SECOND ONE RIGHT NOW!
I am not even kidding. After the disappointment that was the Young Elite series I was both nervous but so excited for this book and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT!
This book reminded me a lot of Ready Player One in many ways. Also set in a (not so?) futuristic world where a virtual reality game called Warcross has become the obsession of the time.
“Some people still say that Warcross is just a stupid game. Others say it’s a revolution. But for me and millions of others, it’s the only foolproof way to forget our troubles. Tonight, I can join in with everyone else, put on my glasses, and watch magic happen.”
So as stated in the blurb Emika hacks into the opening of the Warcross World Championships and, instead of getting in trouble for it, she is offered a job by the creator of Warcross. He needs a spy to insure the safety of this years tournament and to uncover a security issue. Emika is then drafted onto a team and is thrust into the World Championships of Warcross. Everything about the games from the wild card drafting to competing in the the different areans just blew me away! I mean, can we talk about the world building please. OH.MY.GOSH. So I absolutely LOVED Marie Lu’s Legend series and the world building she did there. This was 5 steps beyond that. (Also Marie Lu did state that Warcross and Legend DO take place in the same universe and one is the future of the other! This could be the past of the Legend world!!) It was not hard at all to imagine this world as I was reading it. I was constantly seeing it in vivid colors, both in the games and in the Tokyo setting. Sometimes I am just amazed at how one person can create such a crazy vivid realistic but totally fantasized place with just 26 letters rearranged over and over again. And that my brain can take those letters and project this vivid colorful world into my mind perfectly..
I really liked Emika’s character. I love the fact that she has rainbow hair, I love WHY she has rainbow hair. I can sympathize with her past. She’s very likable right off the bat! She is cleaver and sneaky and just all around awesome! I’m sorry, my fangirling is starting to take over again. -deep breaths- There was a lot of diversity in this book as well. Emika is Chinese-American, the Captain of her Warcross team Asher Wing (Day’s possible ancestor???) is in a wheelchair, Hideo Tanaka is Japanese with a British accent and of course since this is a World Championship there are many other nationalities involved.
Annnnd the cliffhanger was brutal! But I really didn’t expect anything less from Marie Lu. . I am in desperate need of the sequel! I also just finished Ryan Graudin’s Invictus and now all I can think of is getting ahold of a Recorder’s Time Machine and time traveling to 2018 to get my hands on Warcross #2 (rumors are it might be called Darkcross??) and more information as to how this coincides with Legend!!