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.
Published 14 September 2017 | Publisher: Penguin Australia
My Blurb (5 / 5 stars)
I’m in love!! I love this world so much! It’s glittery colourful shiny façade which hid, of course, a darker than dark underworld which they call, ‘Down Under’ lol
Emika Chen has had to learn to fend for herself. Her father died a few years ago and left her a massive debt to pay off. She’s 18 and doing the best she can to stay afloat but she is about to drown. A daring her-last-chance-at-survival glitched and suddenly she found herself transported from her seedy New York shared apartment to bigger-than-her-wildest-dream hotel room. In the end, she found that nothing appear as it seems.
I’m not a gamer myself but hubby is and whilst he’s tried to get me playing, my brain-to-fingers coordination is too poor for me to enjoy gaming. I do understand, however, the attraction of gaming especially virtual reality ones. This is what Warcross is all about… a virtual reality for which almost anyone can access. Everyone can pretend to be anyone else, to look whichever way they like and be whatever they want to be. What’s even better is the Warcross games; an adrenaline rush like no other. Even a wheelchair-bound man in life can have functioning limbs in Warcross and be an international top player.
Warcross is a thoroughly enjoyable novel; fast-paced action-packed brand new world within an old worn one complete with intriguing mystery & villain and melt-your-heart romance. Thankfully, I can reach over for book 2 right now! So, I guess I made a good decision to wait lol
I borrowed this book from the library. Review is my own honest opinion.
About the author
I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂
I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.