Author: Marie Lu
Synopsis: The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships — only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem… and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
My thoughts: “Zero wants to assassinate Hideo…”
My first reaction was; I was pissed because I shipped Emika and Hideo. Like he can’t die like no… no… I continued reading and started to think of the slim possibility of Zero being Sasuke, Hideo’s brother.
“You invented the NeuroLink because of your brother. Warcross was inspired by that game Sasuke played in the park. You created warcross for him.”
“Everything I do is for him.”
Hideo carries so much guilt from when his brother disappeared when he was a kid. So he created Warcross all for Sasuke. It wasn’t fair for him to put all of the guilt on himself especially when he doesn’t know what happened to Sasuke.
Can we take a second to talk about Emika and Hideo? When they kissed I got all happy but everything changed after that kiss, because he had his plan to control everyone through the NeuroLink contacts which is why he gave them away for free. She had no idea before the kiss. My heart literally broke when he told her to leave, but he should have known she wouldn’t listen. She’s never been someone who follows directions or rules.
During the championship when Emika was trying to destroy the virus which activated Hideo’s plan, she thought she destroyed it but she actually activated it. At the end of the book, we found out Zero was in fact Sasuke. **NEWS FLASH SASUKE IS ALIVE AND OKAY** Who is he working for??? Why hasn’t he told Hideo he’s alive???!