Emika Chen has just hacked into the opening game of the International Warcross Championship. She's always hacked under the radar before this and she's pretty good at it. She never realized how good. Now, millions of viewers have seen her skills. She actually impacted the game..the real game..and now she's terrified. Who is coming for her? How can she hide?
She never expected the phone to ring. She never expected the private jet to land. She never expected the billionaire inventor of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka, to offer her a new job with a $10 million dollar paycheck. She's being challenged to use her bounty hunter skills to hunt down a deadly assassin. The money will change her life. The billionaire will change her life. But what's the price tag?
368 pages 978-0399547966 Ages 13 and up
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. 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 the inside of 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.
In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.