Series: Warcross #1
on September 12th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery/Suspence, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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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.
Ever since I’ve read the summary for Warcross this book has been on my most anticipated read because Tokyo and an Asian female lead obviously. So when given the chance to snag a copy at the LA Times Festival of Books there was no way I’d pass the opportunity not to. Anyways, sometimes the most anticipated can turn out to be a disappointing read and that was what happened. I think I set my expectations high for this book especially after Legend and The Young Elites series, both series which I adored so much. There was so much potential in this book, but I felt that the plot felt flat halfway through and became predictable.
I wanted to like Emika but there were times she felt disconnected. Basically she gets shipped off to Tokyo after accidentally hacking in the opening of the Warcross tournament and this impresses Hideo Tanaka, who is not only the creator behind Warcross but also our main romantic interest. And of course having gone to Tokyo a couple of times I expected Emika to try all the delicious foods, however, she didn’t. I know there’s plenty of Western influence on the Japanese culture, but you can’t go to Japan without trying takoyaki or yakisoba. However because of Hideo’s privilege life, she gets to try high class Western cuisine instead. Besides the food I was also disappointed with the world building. I did like the virtual reality world building, but describing Tokyo only as shiny isn’t just going to cut it for me. Like what about the efficient subway system and going to famous landmarks…I mean surely someone on the team can show Emika around the city when they don’t have training. It’s understandable that Emika’s only there to find out more about the enemy, but she seem enthusiastic about arriving in Japan.
Okay so I didn’t really cared much for the romance. Shocking, right? (Because that’s usually part of the book I look forward to in any book.) I think what Emika had for Hideo was more like a school girl crush so while I did kind of like shipping Emika and HIdeo I think they’re better off friends…? The romance felt unnecessary at times if only to stir up some drama. Speaking of friends, Emika didn’t really do the whole team mate well. Rather than listening to the team captain most of the time she’s out taking one for the team and it’s good to know she’s a good Warcross player despite the fact that she hasn’t really played before, but I rather much see them work together as a group.
Anyways, while Warcross was a highly anticipated read for me it left me a bit disappointed in the end. I hope that the sequel will be better.