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Synopsis:

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.”

Review:

Once again, Marie Lu has blown me away with her books.

Lu wrote one of my favorite series of all time, the Legend Trilogy which I read in 2016. I fell in love her writing and I knew that this next book by her would probably be just as good as Legend.

I was right.

Starting off with the characters, I really liked Emika as our main character. This near futuristic world that this book was set in need a strong protagonist to tell the story that Lu was trying to tell us readers and Emika was the right person in my eyes. Though she could be a little immature at times, Emika was also very independent and headstrong. A really good female lead.

Then going into the romance aspects, I really did ship Emika and Hideo. I shipped them so hard its ridiculous. I thought they were going to be a new OTP of mine. Then the ending happened and it turns out that Hideo is the villain after all. Now I don’t know what to think. I still really like them together but Hideo is so evil. Maybe the next book in this duology will change my mind but for now I kind of hope that they still end up together.

Then going into the plot, it took me a while to get into it. I felt like it took too long to get to the main action. But once the action really started to pick up, I was in completely. The plot took so many twists and turns that all the plot twists took me by surprise. I kind of saw the ending coming but you know what, I was still surprised that what happened actually did happen. Great plot.

Finally wrapping up this review with the amount of diversity there is included in this book. There is so much of it. We have people of color. The main character is Asian. We have a disabled character. It warmed my heart with the amount of inclusion there was in the book.

Overall, I really did like this book. I NEED THE SECOND BQOK NOW. I can’t wait to see where this duology wraps up.

RATING: 5/5

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