Saturday, 18 December 2021


 Title: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Number of Page: 353
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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.

Since I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, I always have fascination toward stories about virtual reality. Not that I want to live in that kind of world. I know Facebook will develop the metaverse soon and the world will probably revolve around it in the future, but I just feel like people will be more isolated and lost. 

Warcross was a virtual reality game with so many participants around the world obsessed about it. For Emika, Warcross was her coping mechanism and also a way to escape reality. She inherited huge debts from her father, she could not pay her rent and even proper food, and it was hard to be paid consistently by being a bounty hunter. 

Then, one day the Warcross creator asked her to be his spy. It was like a dream come true. She would be paid in high sums and use her ability as a hacker to investigate the threat inside Warcross. But, the job is very very dangerous.

It is a fun book. The adventure, the mystery, the technology, the actions... Very entertaining. Not the romance though. Emika and Hideo are kinda bland. I feel no chemistry between them. Other than that, I like this book and I have to read the next book after that ending. Damn!


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