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Warcross

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

by Marie Lu, 353 pages, Grades 8 and up.

Despite Emily’s amazing hacking skills she just can’t seem to make ends meet. She is literally about to be evicted from her apartment when she decides to take the risk of hacking into the nationally broadcast VR game to steal an item that could fix her financial troubles. Somehow her hack goes terribly wrong; somehow she materializes into the game and the whole world sees her where she doesn’t belong. She figures this is the end, but it is only the beginning because she has impressed the people at the top with this stunt and is recruited to find and take out an incognito player called Zero who is causing trouble in the VR game world; he has, so far, evaded capture by those with power. Can a hacker hack another hacker and save the gaming world for everyone?

If you enjoy sci-fi, VR stories you might also like: Bubble World, by Carol Snow, or  The Six, by Mark Alpert. You might also want to try Ready Player One, written by Ernest Cline with an adult audience in mind- a movie was recently made from this book as well.