“Warcross” By Marie Lu

Set in the not-too-distant future, Marie Lu’s new novel Warcross revolves around a orphaned teen age bounty hunter and hacker Emika Chen.  Emika’s story really starts the moment she hacks into the Warcross multiplayer role playing game world tournament -and gets caught in front of millions of viewers & players!  But instead of paying a fie or jail time, Emika winds up getting a job offer -from the creator of Warcross himself, Hideo Tanaka, no less!

Soon, Emika’s off to Tokyo, when she’s given an assignment to look into a security problem at the tournament.  But Emika quickly discovers there’s more going on than meets the eye!

Along the way, author Lu sets up a number of exciting sequences, taking place in both the real world and within the Warcross game. Lu vividly and successfully describes Emika’s surroundings, allowing readers to follow the narrative without losing track of what’s going on.

A cliffhanger ending of sorts, along with some unresolved conflicts, guarantees a sequel to Warcross will be on the way.  Can’t wait to read further adventures of Emika Chen!

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