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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu @marie_lu @putnambooks #bravethebacklist

by Marie Lu 

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Publish Date: September 12, 2017
Kindle Edition
366 Pages
Series: Warcross #1

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.

My Review:

WHAT A RIDE!  I've had this on my kindle for what feels like decades and I can't believe I've waited THIS long to finally read it.  It was absolutely the read I needed right now.  I love gamer books that bring on the vast worlds, the characters, the COMPETITION! 

Like with all YA novels, there's that love interest that happens.  The back story of something terrible that has happened.  And then there's Warcross, where we also get the fun of competition in this gaming world that is just SO MUCH MORE.  My brain is still tingling from the imagery I had while reading through this.  From the dingy streets of NYC to the lushness of Tokyo.  GIMME MORE!

I especially loved Emika's character, her team, Hideo, Zero. ALL OF THEM! And yes, I knew the twists were coming and I loved every single one of them.  I, weirdly, wasn't expecting one of them though I feel like I should've seen it coming and I'll be real - I did get that tingly feeling throughout my body when something surprises me and my face tenses into that O expression you get when you're happy you didn't see it coming.

For those who love Ready Player One and Dashner's Eye of Minds trilogy, you're gonna LOVE this one.  Of course, now I'm going to have to get book two because I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

Thanks to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for this copy!


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