Just like wearing VR goggles: You're Immersed right away!

Summary:

Emika Chen is a struggling teenager. To make ends meet, she is an online hacker and bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on Warcross illegally. A failed hack causes her to glitch into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships. Now, she's a player in the games and drawing the attention of the world! The game’s mysterious, young creator, Hideo Tanaka contacts her. The next morning, Emika is whisked away to the futuristic city of Tokyo where Hideo makes her an offer of a lifetime. A hacker has targeted Warcross and Hideo needs a spy on the inside. Suddenly thrust into the spotlight, Emika must navigate the strange world of fame and professional gaming while uncovering a plot with unimaginable consequences for Warcross and the world.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
Marie Lu’s world building was great. She displays an amazing ability to create a believable futuristic world. Her story raises relevant issues about technology, privacy, and the influence tech giants have on our everyday lives.

The characters were okay. They were all likeable and had good intentions, but sometimes they were a little cookie cutter. That said, the diversity is incredible: Hideo is Asian and Emika is Chinese-American; the captain of Emika’s Warcross team is in a wheelchair; and Roshan and Tremaine are gay.

The romance was good all round. Emika and Hideo are an awesome pair who are in love, but still can stand on their own convictions. Roshan and Tremaine’s story is swoon-worthy. Overall, Lu uses some overdone tropes, but it still makes for a pretty fun read.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Intrigue? Check. Fast paced? Check. Great suspense? Double check. Teen readers will love everything about Warcross.

Content Awareness Factors:

There isn’t a ton of questionable stuff: a few swears, some kisses, celebration with champagne, and some YA-typical violent scenes.


Type of Book:
This is the first in a 2-book fantasy series built around virtual reality gaming.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to be read for fun.

Reading Level:
5.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is a solid YA novel, but isn't so unique you'd want it for your home bookshelf.

Title Warcross
About

Warcross, Book 1 of 2

Author Marie Lu
Publisher Speak, Imprint Penguin Books for Young Readers © 2018 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9780399547973
Material Paperback
Cost $10.95
Genres Adventure, Games, Gaming and Puzzles, Science Fiction, Romance
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