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"When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780399547966
Characteristics: 353 pages
Alternative Title: War cross


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Sep 22, 2017

The book follows the story of a colorful, tattooed girl named Emika Chen. She's fallen on hard times, and after some extreme hacking, finds herself in the virtual arena. From then on, Emika learns about Hideo Tanaka, creator of the game Warcross, the teams, and a mysterious hacker.

I personally enjoyed this book very much. It reminded me a little of the Legend series (Maire Lu) and Ready Player One (Ernest Cline). It is part of a series, not a stand-alone novel. Emika's background is important, and her character development has been well-written so far.
I do feel that the public-obssessed-with-the-virtual-world book type has been variations on a theme, though. There isn't anything truly special about this book, but it is definitely a good read. I was up late reading it, but unless it was a gift, I wouldn't necessarily buy it. It's a good library book, and it is good, and I'm not degrading it in any way. Marie Lu writes good stuff. :)

Out of 10 (With 1 being bad plot, bad characters, etc. and 10 being absolutely amazing,) I would give this book a sold 8. It has good characters and good development, but some of the plot is, as I said before, variations on a theme. Like with a few other novels/series about video games that deal with code (Such as "Hex") I find it difficult to think about visualizations of code lines streaming into space for too long, but that doesn't detract from the story, and if you really enjoy this genre, then I can understand how this book would be a treat.

Also, it has a cool cover! Partly why I chose it was because of the cover and I have read most of Lu's books.

I'm not going to talk about whether or not the plot was (un)predictable, because that may be spoilers to some readers.

It was good, overall, and an enjoyable read. I recommend it!

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