Emika Chen is a bounty hunter making a living off catching people who illegally bet on the game Warcross. Warcross is a virtual reality that has become a way of life for society. Anyone, anywhere, can put on the Warcross lenses and immediately become a player or part of the audience. Emika’s financial situation hasn’t been working out to well and when the opportunity comes to make big money from a Warcross championship presents itself, she takes it. Unfortunately, instead of sneakily stealing the power up she wanted, she accidentally hacks herself into the game.
After becoming an overnight sensation, Emika is invited to Japan to work with the creator of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka. As Emika navigates the world of Warcross as a player, she uncovers a nefarious plot. I love this book so much. There is so much about this book I could just shout about forever.
First, let’s talk about the rainbow haired hacker of my heart. Emika is pretty damn smart, but she also knows when she’s wrong. I love her personality and how she grows and begins to trust the members on her team. And seeing her play Warcross was such a treat!
While this book is definitely sci-fi, I loved the underlying mystery of Hideo’s past and the plot against the Warcross games. The ending was nothing I expected, I was completely shocked by it all over again. I’m tempted to reread Wildcard right now too.
As Emika investigates the potential dangers of Warcross, she also grows closer to Hideo. I loved the chemistry between these two. Even their first meeting gave my heart thrills. I need things to work out for them, because they are too adorable and they have to be together!!
I seriously love the world of Warcross, it’s diverse, fantastical and amazing. Highly would recommend. (And Nancy Wu does an amazing job of bringing the cast to life!)