Publisher: Penguin Books
Genres: Sci-fi, Young Adult
Publication Date: 4th October 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when 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. In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.”
The premises of this book sounded so excited and I couldn’t wait to pick it up after picking up a copy from the local library. However, I sad to say I didn’t love it!!
For me this started off very well and thought I was onto a winner, but sadly things started to go downhill. I mean the book is well written and I enjoyed the world building but as I got deeper into the book the story became predictable and I knew what was going to happen before it actually did.
As for the characters, they were a little hit and miss for me. Personally, I found the characters underdeveloped. I enjoyed learning about the main protagonist Emika at the start of the book but as the book progresses she really started to annoy me. Especially as her character is made out to be perfect at everything even better than the professionals she works with. Saying that I did like the number of diverse characters in the book.
One thing I wasn’t expecting in this book was the romance. I’m not saying this because I’m not a big fan of this trope but honestly, I felt very underwhelmed by it and felt that it took away the excitement and focus from the gaming aspect.
Overall not a bad read but in my opinion could definitely have been better and honestly think this was just another over hyped read!! Sadly, I don’t think I will continue with the second book.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.