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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.

Insignia

Monday, September 17th, 2012

insigniaby S.J. Kincaid, 446 pages, Grades 7 and up.

Literally, Tom’s world is pretty small; it amounts to him and his dad moving casino to casino trying to win enough to make ends meet.  Virtually, though, Tom has a larger life.  He is an expert gamer, so good, in fact, that the folks at the Pentagonal Spire – future earth’s version of the current Pentagon, national military headquarters –  are seeking out his expertise.  

He has always wanted to be somebody, or at least something more than a street urchin conning people to earn a place to sleep and eat, so when the Spire offers him a place in their Academy he is eager to join.  His dad would not approve, but this time his dad’s lack of parenting skills make it easy for Tom to make his own decisions and he takes it upon himself to join the Academy.  

In this future, all war is fought virtually by teenagers; the actual battles occur remotely on other planets, so no one gets hurt.  Of course, there is more going on than meets the eye.  Tom will have to figure how who the good guys really are, who he should trust, and how he can use his skills to help himself and protect everyone in the world besides.  

If you like dystopian science fiction you might also enjoy:  Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, or Divergent, by Veronica Roth.

 

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