Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Tour: Warcross by Marie Lu



Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult and Science-Fiction

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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.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29385546-warcross

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



Warcross has been on my to-read list for a while now. I'm just finishing other books for me to finally read this and then I saw the blog tour post, I immediately signed up for it! Knowing this will be my chance to read the book without excuses. I am glad that I am one of the chosen bloggers and I am honored to be part of this tour. So, thank you for this opportunity! 

The moment I started reading the book, I hardly put it down. I found myself turning the pages one after the other. I really wanted to read a book that involves IT, and I could say I finally found what I'm searching for!!! The book involves my kind of world, programming/coding, security, servers, hacking and more. The feeling while reading the book is like reading The Hunger Games all over again but it is more tech-y and more modern. Aside from that IT stuff, this book is a game! It's like an anime and gaming in one story, anime because "Japan" and gaming because we know Warcross is a game. Anyway the story of the book is hard to ignore, all you wanted to do is finish it as soon as you can because you want to find out who's the hacker and how Emika Chen did what she did in the book (you're curious too aren't you?) 

Emika Chen is a simple city girl who hardly earn money for her apartment rent and other payable.  She's a bounty hunter at Warcross but that doesn't help much. In the opening ceremony of Warcross where everybody are watching, Emika suddenly did a trick that shocked every one in the game. That alone is enough for Mr. Hideo Tanaka, Founder of Warcross, to notice her existence. In that moment of her life, everything changed.

*** I'm trying not to spill the details!!! This is really hard (LOL) ***  

It's been a long time since I enjoyed reading a book this much and while writing this review, the emotions are just flowing and the thoughts keeps coming. Beautiful, intense and exciting are the three words that could describe the book. I would recommend this book to my friends, it is a MUST READ. Also, I couldn't wait for the second book and I badly want to know if this will be a duology or a trilogy? I think that's what readers need to find out soon.

"You don't have to break down every detail. You just need to see the overall pattern to catch the weakness in it."

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I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 
 
I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.


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