Emily's Review: Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

Title: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Sci-Fi 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5/5 stars

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.
Someone please tell me why it took me so long to finally pick this book up? I think there was so much hype around it that it just really didn't interest me, but boy was I wrong. After nagging from both Jessica and Amber, I gave it a chance and now I'm hooked. 

Like is says in the summary, Emika Chen is barely making ends meet as a bounty hunter. Days away from being evicted, Emika accidentally glitches herself into the Warcross opening ceremony, in an attempt to steal a rare power up for some quick cash. The glitch caught the eye of Warcross creator, Hideo Tanaka. Emika is sent off to Tokyo and given a job offer she can't refuse. Soon she is caught up in the world of Warcross and its world championship, tasked with uncovering a dangerous hacker. Emika soon comes face to face with a budding romance, new fame, and dangerous secrets that can potentially change everything Warcross and the NeuroLink has come to be.

Emika Chen, in my opinion, is a total badass. She dives right in to her task and doesn't let anything get in her way or stop her form accomplishing her hunt. 

Hideo Tanka, creator of Warcross and the NeuroLink, is a closed book. He always seem to have a cool, calm, and collected air about him, leaving his emotions bare and readable to the public eye. Something about Emika seems to drawn Hideo in and she begins cracking his hard exterior.

This book was a page turner. Every twist and turn had me holding my breath and screaming out when secrets were unveiled. I was immediately pulled into the world of Warcross and there was no getting out. Marie Lu did an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged and on their toes. There wasn't much I didn't like about this book and I kind of wish I could live in the world of Warcross. Just the idea of the NeuroLink makes me wish it was real and that I had one for myself.

So, my point being, READ THIS. 

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  1. I agree on the hype.. I didn't read it because of it, but I think I'll add it to my TBR now :)

  2. I've never been into video games or computer games, but this sounds like an interesting fantasy!


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