Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Science Fiction
Number of Pages: 353
Rating (On a Scale of 1-5): 5
- Emika Chen: Emika Chen is a bounty hunter trying to scrap out a living while on her own. She’s mired in her father’s debt, trying to pay her rent with the little money she has. Emika goes after people the police don’t have time to look for, hoping to score the bounty reward. These people are illegally betting on the game Warcross. Neurolink (virtual reality) glasses contain a game called Warcross. People use Warcross to achieve financial success or escape from reality. Emika is rarely in a good mood due to the consuming task of chasing bountys.
- Hideo Tanaka: Hideo Tanaka, the Warcross creator, is extremely rich. Hideo made Warcross with the Neurolink glasses when he was just 13 years old. He describes them as: “A thin, wireless pair of glasses with metal arms and retractable earphones”. In the book, others describe them as feeling exactly like regular glasses. The book tells the story of him at his current age of 21 and labels him the most famous man in the world.
The New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s writing isn’t old fashioned in any way and I appreciate her writing style because I think she is in touch with a younger generation like my own. Her writing style adapts very well to our current environment and which is why I can relate so much to her message. Ms. Lu does a fine job of describing the main characters so that the reader gets a full sense of who they are and what they stand for. She embraces new updated technology as well as character themes and unexpected plot twists.
I believe other teens will thoroughly enjoy this book just as I did. There are unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Buckle up!