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Sometimes, people kick you to the ground at recess because they think the shape of your eyes is funny. They lunge at you because they see a vulnerable body. Or a different skin color. Or a difficult name. They think that you won’t hit back – that you’ll just lower your eyes and hide. And sometimes, to protect yourself, you do. But sometimes, you find yourself standing in exactly the right position, wielding exactly the right weapon to hit back. So I hit. I hit fast and hardand furiouss. I hit with nothing but the language whispered between circuits and wire, the language that can bring people to their knees. And in spite of everything, I’d do it all over again.


Book: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Published: by Penguin Books Ltd. on October 4th, 2017

Plot: (Goodreads synopsis

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.

He raises one arm up high as the music’s tempo increases to a fever pitch, until I can hardly bear it. Then he brings a punishing bass down on our heads. The room trembles, and the crowd bursts into a mass of jumping limbs. Music fills me to the brim.

My Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed this quick, fun read. Marie Lu paints a picture of a futuristic world, not unrecognizable from our own, with a virtual reality at the center of the world. This book moves fast and will have you turning pages until the very last one. I can’t wait for the next book (Wildcard) to come out later this year!!

It is hard to describe loss to someone who has never experienced it, impossible to explain all the ways it changes you. But for those who have, not a single word is needed.

What I Liked: The story, with a virtual reality game at the center of the world and someone messing with the code, this story is unique and fun to read. The ease, I’m not sure that I chose the right word, but I just want to say it was a really easy read: the plot was fast-paced, the story was quick, and it was uncomplicated. The romance, I like gooey and I couldn’t help but want the main characters to get together. The plot, a dystopian novel unlike anything I’ve read recently, it was just a really fun concept.

What I Didn’t Like: The main character, while I enjoyed some of the characters, Emika was just not one for me. The entire story centers around everything just falling into place for her, I think more background could’ve been helpful in this case. The target age, I don’t talk about this often, but this book just had such a weird target — Emika was young but the romance moved fast, she was inexperienced but one of the best programmers ever. The simplicity, the story was fast and fun, but there was just no real connection to be had.

I give this book 4 stars because it was a great quick read. The story is unique and easy to fall into, but not so in-depth that it requires more than a few hours of reading. There were parts of the book that I found difficult to enjoy — the main character, the simplicity and the age that this book should be read at. But, all in all, I thought it was a great book and I will recommend it. I think people who enjoy Hunger Games, Divergent, and Marie Lu’s other books will love this great, new read!

When you refuse to ask for help, it tells others that they also shouldn’t ask for help from you. That you look down on them for needing your help. That you like feeling superior to them. It’s an insult, Emi, to your friends and peers. So don’t be like that. Let us in.

Let’s talk! Have you read Warcross, yet? What did you think? Do you have similar opinions or very different ones? I love hearing from you!


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