Warcross by Marie Lu

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life….

OK.. this book was epic!! Loved it from beginning to end!! I loved our protagonist: Emika (Emi) Chen… a teenage hacker who worked as a bounty hunter to track down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally… Warcross was an online, virtual reality game that took over the world and became a way of life.

I enjoyed Emi’s story – what her life was before she got to where she is now and particularly in the beginning, there was a lot of frustration she was feeling with her struggles. As a reader, you could feel her emotion and you were really with her when she was on her own trying to meet ends meet, plunging further and further into debt then her life suddenly changed… Being a bounty hunter was a competitive business, so in Emi’s desperate attempt to make quick money to pay immediate debts, she took a major risk by hacking into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships – the risk turned out to be life changing due to a glitch that exposed her to the world. As she was convinced this will result in incarceration, Emi was shocked to find that Warcross creator, Hideo Tanaka calls her with a job proposition rather than an arrest warrant. From The U.S to Tokyo, overnight, Emi’s life will never be the same..

This book was such a page turner, I loved it from beginning to end. I loved Emi’s journey, her connection with Hideo Tanaka and the focus on the world building – imagine if VR/online gaming ruled the world? How far away are we from it now? What I also found very interesting was how this world that was owned by Henka Games and the elusive creator Hideo Tanaka even had legislation governing it!!! How it was unlawful to gamble on Warcross and bounty hunters are hired to detain hackers and illegal gamblers. I’m not much of a gamer myself but I really enjoyed this story and how it whisked me into such a unique world!!! The intricate details of virtual reality and gaming kept me hooked to the very end. I especially took a liking to Hideo Tanaka – what an intelligent her mysterious individual he is.. I was wrapped in this fast paced action packed story – and woah.. that twist towards the end!! [not saying any more] I’m going to get into the sequel, Wildcard sooner rather than later!!

Special thanks to Penguin Random House Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.
-Annie

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My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner

Release Date: October 2017
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Publishers

An interesting book that I flew through in a matter of hours.

What starts off with character profiling and world building, I thought this would be a crime/thriller – a case of ‘who done it’? – however, it sends you on a rollercoaster ride to something completely different.

The book is told in various perspectives however it focuses on Jazmin Little who has been shunned ever since her best friend Becky disappeared – however, Becky didn’t just disappear – she jumped off a tall building and seemingly never reached the ground!!! Like she simply vanished into thin air!! Since Becky’s disappearance, the question remains – did Jazmin have something to do with her friend’s disappearance? Or was it more to do with Icarus? an infamous character you get to know as you read the book.

A short book approx. 215 pages, It had a futuristic Frankenstien vibe to this story. The characters’ voices were projected quite well throughout the story though some of the dialogue got a little annoying – I guess teenagers communicate a little differently these days. As the story goes on, I found myself turning the page wanting to know what happens next and where all of this “mess” was coming from. I can definitely see a sequel coming out of this one. I liked the plot and how we get to know each character by the page – the story isn’t an info dump, it progresses and the plot thickens at each turn. I recommend this to fans of YA Sci-Fi and Thrillers.

Special thanks to Allen dnd Unwin Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie

The Silent Invasion by James Bradley

“Heart-Poundingly-Un-Put-Downable!!!” (if there never was such a phrase, there is now after reading this book!!)

The Silent Invasion: Futuristic.. and.. Possible!!

Set approx. 10-20 years from today in real world Land Down Under (Australia), where Australia has fallen victim to the silent invasion of a bacteria.. or spores from space that has choked the earth killing plants and living things and has taken over mankind. In response to this invasion, cities are now in lockdown under martial law and Quarantine officers are authorised to capture those who have been infected and are going through the “Change”.

Callie is the protagonist in this story who will stop at nothing to save her little sister from being captured by Quarantine once she was in contact with the spores and has been on the run ever since. Their journey is a heart pounding one that really keeps you turning the page as they are fugitives of Quarantine, in hiding from their own family trying to get to a safe zone and have no idea who to trust. They are running through places that were once known as suburbia, but now known as “zones” facing walls and blockages upon every turn and having to throw themselves into hiding every time they see a drone hover nearby.

While reading this, I had a “Tomorrow when the war Began” meets “The Hunger Games” vibe and like the time I read John Marsden’s Tomorrow series, I couldn’t help but keep thinking “what if???” Yes.. I was thinking.. this sort of silent invasion is actually possible but as in a silent invasion of strains of flu getting worse/stronger each year or new diseases that appear out of nowhere as though someone has re-opened Pandora’s box. Who knows if Australia will end up like that and be subject to this sort of Quarantine. 

The book is written very well and keeps you hanging for more especially with the twist right at the end!!! This book is suitable to readers young and old alike and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy YA dystopia – or like me, who are a fan of the Tomorrow Series too!!! I really hope the sequel wont take too long to be released now…

Many thanks to Pan Macmillan Publishers for approaching me to be part of this reading/review tour and for sending me an advanced review copy in exchange for my review.

-Annie

Broken Sky by L.A Weatherly

A unique read I rated 4 stars

Unique – Action Packed – Intricate

Imagine a dystopian world set in the 1940’s where peace fighters flew planes in “tournaments” for oil and natural resources and this perfect world where war is illegal and everyone lives by Astrology where your star sign dictates your destiny, however, in this perfect world of harmony, the world is in fact broken and you just can’t trust anyone. When I first read this, the prologue really gripped me into the book and set up a great mystery that kept me turning the page as I really wanted to know what happened next. Following the prologue, it took me into a whole new world with a step by step, intricate story that developed into a cliffhanger. I really want to read the sequel sooner rather than later!

A book that is action packed full of mystery and epic backstory that shapes a very unique world, I highly recommend this to fans of dystopia Young Adult books.

Many thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

-Annie

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

An amazing 4.5 – 5 star read!!

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough. Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

The Thousandth Floor is a futuristic sci-fi story told from five different characters point of view (POV). In my opinion multiple POV novels can be hit or miss. The Thousandth Floor successfully delivers the story through the five different voices. While I didn’t like some of the characters I was equally invested in all of their stories and couldn’t wait to read what happened next to each character. This is a rare thing in multiple POV novels as I am usually waiting for my favourite character to have their turn telling the story. The Thousandth Floor has the perfect balance of science-fiction, mystery, romance, drama and suspense. I really enjoyed discovering how the different stories fit together, resulting in a climatic ending. This novel had me racing to finish. At the ending I was shocked and filled with a desperate need to know what happens next. A captivating read that has me eagerly anticipating the sequel. If anyone can time travel and is willing to bring me back a copy of the sequel let me know!
-Amanda

Wow!! Well.. this was interesting!! Particularly the multi-perspective structure the author used to tell this story in third person.. It was like watching a soap opera drama that was set in the future. In an era where everyone lives in a tower and the Thousandth Floor is off limits unless you’re part of the elite yet it’s a floor that holds many secrets. A story of twists, turns, mystery, betrayal set among people who claim to be your friend but no sooner stab your back or hire tech savvy people to stalk you as it’s all too easy in this world.. I have so many unanswered questions, I need to read the second book now!!!
-Annie

Dramatic, glamorous and mysterious.. After reading this book, I have to say I really like the world setting in 2118. I wish we have hover covers instead of umbrellas, contacts lens that works like computers, silencing cloak for private discussions, hover crafts, dresses that changes colour, and incandescent flowers that reflects its surroundings. The world building is very imaginative and creative. The plot was also interesting because I was constantly wondering who fell in the end! I liked how it all ties up in the end. This book is like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars meets iRobot. Recommended for anyone who likes lots of twists and turns, different character perspectives, drama mixed in with romance, mystery and creative world building!
-NJ

Many thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending us Advanced Review Copies in exchange for our honest review

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Illuminae Files #1 … 4 stars

I absolutely loved the graphics in this novel, it really takes the reading experience to a whole new level. Combining smart story telling, loveable engaging characters, space wars and a setting as grand as the universe, Illuminae delivers a story about bravery and self sacrifice with impact! Recommended if you like AI, zombies, blowing stuff up, bad decisions, horror, hackers with a side of romance. This book has everything pop culture loves, it’s unputdownable with lots of shocking moments…

Click here to read the book blurb on Goodreads.

– NJ

I had the pleasure of meeting the authors of this awesome book during their launch tour.. This was an epic read and an experience I have never had before as I felt like a military general analysing evidence for a big case.. I loved the mystery and the unpredictable twist.. It was also a privilege to have this book as a read long with friends of Read3r’z Re-Vu!! Looking forward to the next instalment!!

-Annie