Warcross by Marie Lu
Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐
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.
I absolutely loved this storyline in all of its glory! Every single aspect had me glued since the very start of the first chapter. Marie’s writing is absolutely effortless, smooth and totally badass!
I finished Warcross in three short days. I devoured each word like it was my job. The narrative of our protagonist, Emika Chen, is, well of course badass! I really connected with her character. She represents such a strong women in every aspect shown throughout the novel but she also shows a vulnerable side but it doesn’t deter from her strength which is always so refreshing. She is intelligent, witty, determined, quick on her toes and she is a bit of a romantic. Honestly, she is one of the best characters I’ve read through this year. She is a very well rounded character that you can’t help but love!
I really must say that Marie Lu ripped my heart out and stomped all over it at the ending! I’m still reeling from it because it’s so insane. Another ending that I never saw coming! Actually, throughout the whole novel, Marie threw in heavy plot twists that left you reeling after each one, it was never ending! I felt shocked by the whole novel.
This was my first time reading any work by Marie Lu and I really must say that I’m so in love with her style! Warcross was a cover buy, it pulled my interest instantly and then upon reading the Goodreads reviews and saw that a fellow friend swooned over this book, I knew that I needed it in my life ASAP. So here I am, highly praising this book for all of its glory because it’s just that freaking good! I promise you won’t be disappointed with this!
The sequel is unofficially announced for sometime in the fall of 2018! So prepare yourselves!
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