Summary from Goodreads:
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 first need to confess that this is the first book I’ve read by Marie Lu. I know, I know. How is this possible? But I think I picked the perfect first book to read from her. This book took me longer than I liked to finish, but not because it was boring. I just had plans that kept me from home. I honestly hated putting this one down to leave. It’s just that good.
Emika is strong, smart, and loyal. I absolutely loved her. I ended up really enjoying her teammates and most of the others in the book. The Warcross game was well developed and the writing was so descriptive that I was able to picture some of what was happening in the game while I read. The pacing was great and there was plenty of action and suspense.
I can’t really say much else without giving away too much of the story. It’s described really well in the description above. While receiving books early is awesome, I am now bummed that I have to wait even longer than others for book two. In the meantime, I will buy Warcross when it’s released and pick up some other books written by Marie Lu.
This is easily one of my favorite books so far this year. 5 stars. I did receive a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss+ for review. I am so thankful that they gave me a chance to read this book early. It’s lived up to the hype surrounding it.
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