By Marie Lu
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 353 pages, Young Adult Fiction
When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
Fans of Marie Lu know she writes great page-turners set in fantastic places, and peopled with interesting characters. One of the appeals of this book for me was that it’s set in the not-too-distant future, where a lightweight version of virtual reality glasses are used to enhance everyday life. This technology seems like it’s just around the corner for us, and it made it so the story wasn’t too bogged down with world building. This book is packed with action, a bit of romance, and a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. If you’re looking for a great read similar to Ready Player One or The Hunger Games, look no further!