warcross by marie luBook: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 14, 2017
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Format: Print
Source: Purchased


For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing 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 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. 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.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.  (Goodreads)

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My rating: 4 stars
It was lovely. Definitely recommend.


Warcross is an action-packed, imaginative, and gripping adventure.

Emika is a rainbow-haired hacker who inadvertently becomes famous. She’s snarky, she’s damaged, and she’s not quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. With a cast of interesting and diverse characters, Emika and the game of Warcross are part of a fantastic bit of world-building.

Warcross is a virtual reality game played around the world and has an Olympic-level world-wide tournament. Lu’s descriptions of the obsession with the game, the actual in-game action, and the dark underworld of the game are next level. Add into that tournament another hacker who seems intent on destroying the game and assassinating it’s creator, and you’ve got a problem.

The tension and stakes are intense and make Warcross a book that you don’t want to put down. 

While this tension, action and world-building made it a great read, there are some serious holes in the book. There are places where as a reader I really had to suspend disbelief. Some of the characters’ actions don’t seem quite right, when I think about it. And the ending…I didn’t love it. It felt a little like a bait-and-switch and a little little like a cop-out. I’m intrigued to see where Lu goes with this story in the next book, Wildcard, out September 2018.

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Have you read Warcross? What did you think?

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