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Warcross

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Warcross #1
Recommended for: 6th grade and up
Pages: 353 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION LU, M.
Synopsis: 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.

Comments: This is a interesting dystiopian where gaming has become a part of everyones life, by wearing special glasses you earn points for just about everything.  The game itself is like capture the flag, except that you are in a virtual world where steping stones disappear, and just about anything can happen.  I am not a gammer, so I think the world set up seemed well done.  I would be interested to hear someones view who is a gamer. I will say that I was able to figure out early on who the mysterious hacker was, but I am not sure of motive.  I am very interested in what the next book will bring.

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Posted by on November 29, 2017 in Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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Zero Day

Zero DayTitle: Zero Day
Author: Jan Gangsei
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 7th Grade and Up
Pages: 359 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION GANGSEI, J.

Synopsis: Eight years after being kidnapped Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father’s Presidency or the nation.

This is a well written story that has many layers. I like that at each chapter you get a little bit more of the story. For the most part Addie is the narrator, but other characters get to tell their part of the story.  I spent most of the time trying to figure out who took her and for what reason.  This is Jan Gangsei’s first novel, and I look forward to see what else she comes up with.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Mysteries, Teen

 

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Ignite

22323658Title: Ignite
Author: Sara B. Lawson
Series: Defy #2
Recommended for: 6th grade & up
Pages: 304
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Lawson, S

Synopsis: Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

This is book two in the series and does not disappoint. Not a lot of time has passed between book 1 and 2; maybe about 6 months at max. Alexa is known by all as being a girl now (hidden as a boy in book 1) and she’s getting a lot of gruff about if from the newbies. Well, that is until she proves how good she is and kicks their butts. Alexa has made it to King’s Guard for a reason. The girl is good. I enjoyed getting to know her even more in this book. We’re should how tough and smart she is, but we get to see more of her softer side as well. There’s still a lot of trouble in the romance area, but all love triangleness is gone. Damian is the only one who holds her heart; she just doesn’t believe she’s worthy of him/would be a good queen for the kingdom. The new threat is quite believable, especially when it’s all untied. I look forward to what book 3 will bring!

Read-a-likes: Alanna, Graceling, & False Prince are perfect pairings with this book.

 

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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