Warcross by Marie Lu
Overview: Emika is a bounty hunter with $13 to her name and an eviction notice on her door. Then she's the hacker girl who glitched into Warcross. And then she becomes Hideo's personal bounty hunter who stands to win ten million dollars. Emika's life has changed a lot, and it only gets more complicated as she gets deeper and deeper into the world of Henka Games. Overall: 4
Characters: 5 Okay, it's hard to go into this much without getting spoiler-ey, but I'll be vague. First off, I loved Emika. She's a great main character with the right amount of sensibility and emotion. What was really impressive though, was how Marie Lu plays with character evolutions. At the end of the book, there will be a moment where you put the book down and go wow at how Marie is able to twist shades of good and evil making us think about the grey.
Plot: 4 I finished this book in a few days thanks to its fast pace and urgency. While some of the game descriptions were a bit tedious, I found the world accessible enough. Surprisingly, the romance was my favorite part.
Writing: 4 I hadn't read this book cause I tend to be a pretty strict contemporary reader. I'm also not a huge video game fan (or one at all), but everyone was raving about it, so I had to pick it up in a library haul. This world is plenty accessible for contemporary fans. I love how Marie doesn't overexplain ever new tech element in the future world. It made me feel more immersed in the book even though I wasn't quite sure what certain things were while I was reading it.
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