Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. Enjoy!

Virtual Reality Gladiators December 12, 2017

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — lpitrak @ 12:16 pm

Warcross is a virtual reality game, televised through smart-lens glasses and made available for anyone to watch for free. Because of this, it is a global sensation, and millions all over the world tune in every evening to watch Warcross players compete in gladiator-style combat. Emika Chen is a self-taught hacker and bounty hunter; she earns money capturing people who place illegal bets on Warcross fights. However, she is still heavily in debt due to her beloved late father’s gambling addiction, and out of fear of eviction, Emika tries to hack into the opening game of the Warcross Championships. Her attempt at stealing a virtual weapon that would sell for big money on the Warcross Black Market ends up entering Emika into the games; catching the attention of the young genius who created Warcross; and positioning Emika to spy on the Warcross champions. Hideo Tanaka, the young creator of Warcross, trusts Emika to spy on the champions to find information on who is stealing valuable Warcross secrets. But, Hideo does not know that Emika is really a hacker and thief herself. And Emika does not know how dangerous the world of Warcross really is until she is inside and it is too late to get out….

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