Warcross, by Marie Lu
Emika Chen is a young bounty hunter in trouble. Her father is dead, there’s an eviction notice on the door, and her last bounty just got poached out from under her. Desperate for cash, she hacks into Warcross, the world’s biggest virtual reality game, only to get caught—in front of the largest viewing public in history.
But instead of throwing her in jail, the game’s billionaire designer—a shy, dreamboat of a guy with a troubled past—reaches out with an offer: Help them tighten up security. There’s another hacker out there, determined to sabotage the global Warcross tournament at any cost.
And he’s not staying in the game.
We will never, ever post spoilers in a review. (Did we say ever? Because we mean ever.) So we find ourselves at a loss. We loved Warcross, right up until… and that’s where we’re stuck. Up until we didn’t love it quite as much. Although we still liked it. A lot.
But before that, we loved it. As in, we-don’t-need-clean-laundry-reading-is-more-important kind of love. Or, omg-if-this-girl-ends-up-out-on-the-street-we’ll-reach-into-the-pages-and-save-her-ourselves kind of love. Not to mention, did-I-eat-today-I’m-not-sure-I-think-I-might-have-had-some-chips-while-I-was-reading-but-I-don’t-remember-because-omg-this-book kind of love.
And then the ending…
Sigh. Can’t talk about that.
But we’re definitely going to read the next one. We still love the main character, and we still want to know what she’s going to do next. We’re still invested. And at the end of the day, that’s the hallmark of any good story.
BOTTOM LINE: A gaming thriller with a strong romantic subplot, Warcross is an engaging read that left us eager for the next installment!
– Erin & Steven