PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
DATE PUBLISHED: 12th September 2017
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.
The Hunger Games meets Ready Player One. This book was truly an interesting concept that was played out really well. I was not sure at first what genre this fit into. That was part of the mystery. The characters, the plot and the writing style all play their part in the enjoyment of this book.
The characters really made this book for me. The wide diversity of characters and all their different experiences leading into how they experience Warcross and what they can offer. I particularly enjoyed the element where someone in a wheelchair can experience walking or even flying again through this virtual world. Emi was a great character to take us through this world. Her motivations were believable and I really understood her emotions as the events unfolded.
My one criticism would be the development of the relationship between Hideo and Emi. Nothing seemed to happen for so long and then all of a sudden everything was thrown for a tailspin and stuffed into the last third of the book. It felt really pressured.
An intriguing and well played out novel leaving off with enough intrigue (if not a cliffhanger) that will absolutely have me reaching for book two next year to see how everything ends.
Keep Calm and Read On,