Life on the streets is where Emika Chen is most comfortable. She’s a master hacker who uses her skills to work in the shadows as a bounty hunter. In the world of online gaming, tracking down illegal gamblers is what keeps clothes on Emika’s back. In her world, the headlines are currently following the international Warcross games, a championship virtual series of games that only the most elite play. When, Emika decides to play and hacks into the game, overnight, her anonymity vanishes.
Fearing retribution, Emika prepares to disappear only to receive a job offer from the creator of Warcross. Hideo Tanaka is looking for someone with Emika’s particular set of skills. He believes someone else is breaching the game’s security protocols, and it’s up to Emika to discover who… before something goes horribly wrong.
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Oh my goodness! This book. What to say, and where to start? These are the important questions as I sit here and ponder answers. Books that use the world of gaming aren’t my cup of tea. I’ve never been a gamer nor do I foresee this changing. As 2017 wound to its close, I wanted to complete reading one or two other novels, and one of those was Warcross. A novel I found immensely entertaining. As I raced through the adventure that is Warcross’ world, I realized once I’d stepped inside its pages this was the kind of colorful world this work of fiction thrived in.
“…beauty can make people forgive a thousand cruelties.” ― Marie Lu, Warcross
The adventure of the story is one thing, but perhaps as I’ve thought about the book for these past months, it’s the characters who’ve been most present. They’re all, appropriately, shadowed in mysteries because we’re not meant to instantly trust anyone. Lu does a masterful job in her delivery of this emotion. We vacillate between trusting some of the characters, to wondering if that trust is misplaced or if we should trust those we never question. This is particularly true of one specific character, who I suspect we’ll learn more of in book two – whether good or bad.
Speaking of that sequel, can we talk about the fact that I didn’t realize this was part of a duo!! Like there I was, racing towards the end of the novel, believing everything was about to wrap up happily for this type of story. Then, bam! Nothing is resolved, and instead the reader is hit by a cliffhanger and the “big” secretive reveal. Needless to say, I was not happy. Especially since at the time I finished reading, there was no news about the upcoming sequel.
Emika, as a leading character, is fascinating. In fact, though it’s her we best get to know, I do wish we’d gotten to know her a bit better. The plot jumps right into the main story cue, which is the Warcross games, and as a result, we don’t see Emika in her natural environment as a bounty hunter. It’s an idea I felt could have been played with more with the potential to add more to the fabric of the story. Nonetheless, as the first novel by Marie Lu I’ve ever read, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Colorful word-building sets up what is, an exciting and dangerous world inside Warcross. Enter if you dare.
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Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Warcross, book one
Genre: Fiction; Sci-Fi, YA Fiction
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