Warcross – By Marie Lu

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book, but I had heard a lot of good things and so I decided to try it out.

I had a lot of fun reading Warcross, from the first chapter I was drawn into the world and the plot. I enjoy the occasional video game, so the idea of a virtual reality on this level is so intriguing. Emika is an engaging character as well. And the further I got into the story the more I was glued to the pages. I really liked all of the diversity in this book as well.

At the same time I felt the the further I got into the story the more of the plot I was able to predict. It was a really strange contrast for me because usually when I’m able to predict the plot I loose all interest in the story,  but that didn’t happen with Warcross. Sure I rolled my eyes a little but I still needed to know how the story would end.

Another thing I didn’t like was the romance between Emika and Hideo, it was bland as all get out. I didn’t really understand why Hideo liked her. This is probably because I’m super bored with straight romance right now.

Still…this book was 3.5 stars, almost 4 stars for me. I loved the twist with Hideo at the end, even if I was able to guess who the villain/hacker of Hideo’s game was. Overall the story was good, but it could have been better. Still I’m definitely going to read the second book.

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