One of my favorite books from the last few years was the book Ready Player One. It was a great mix of video games, dystopia, and adventure. I have been looking for a book with a similar spin and the good news is Warcross is that book. It is difficult not to draw comparisons between the two, but Warcross stands well on its own.
Warcross is a virtual game that has taken over the world. Everyone either plays or watches Warcross. Each year, the finals of the game attract everyone who plays including Emika Chen. Chen is a hacker and a bounty hunter.
As she is watching the finals, she hacks into the game and is seen by everyone including the creator of the game- Hideo Tanaka. Tanaka recognizes that someone is trying to destroy his game and it is happening from the inside. He hires Emika to not only play the game, but to find out who is coming after him. He is the target because he is about to launch the latest version of his glasses to get into the game.
Emika is going to enter a world of teamwork, of competition, and may lose her life in the process. It gets even more complicated the closer she grows to Tanaka.
I really enjoyed this one, except the ending. I am not going to spoil the ending, but it has happened in a Doctor Who episode and a certain movie that just had a sequel this year.
Besides the ending, I had a lot of fun with this one. It is a good mix of adventure, video games, and Emika is a great female lead. I read this one in a few hours because it was so fun.
I gave this one four stars.