Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

September 12, 2017 Book Review, Young Adult 21 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Won in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

WarcrossWarcross by Marie Lu
Published by Putnam Books for Young Readers on September 12th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Won
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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 players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. 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 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.

Marie Lu has got to be one of my favorite authors! She dominates in every world and genre she tackles and never fails to deliver well-rounded stories from start to finish. I’m so very happy to say that Warcross was another amazing book to add to my favorites!

I have to admit I was slightly nervous heading in, something that easily dissipated early on. Sometimes science fiction and the technology within can get a little confusing and go over my head.  Warcross has some super cool yet scary technology going on, yes, but I was easily able to pick it up and get sucked into the world. Basically, a device was invented that allows the wearer of NeuroLink glasses to slip a virtual world on top of reality. You basically have a computer directly connected to your brain. You can change the setting around you to look like you are somewhere completely else, from a famous city to something more fantastical. You can even store memories to replay or share as you wish, something I found particularly fascinating. This invention led to the creation of Warcross, an immensely popular virtual reality game allowing players to battle against each other in crazy game world simulations with the purpose of capturing the other team’s Artifact before they can catch yours. This story follows Emika who is a little down on her luck and desperate for money to survive. She is a brilliant hacker and uses her skills to hunt down criminals. In an act of desperation, she hacks into the Opening Ceremony Game of the Warcross annual tournament. When it all goes wrong she finds her life turned upside down as she is whisked away to Tokyo by the creator, Hideo, to not only join the Warcross tournament but to also secretly hunt down Zero, an unknown person who is trying to interfere in the games with a deadly objective.

Everything about this plot was exciting – the games, the virtual world, the real world, the characters. Emika is very driven, pushing herself even in the wake of danger, especially to help those she cares about.  She’s sort of badass with the technology and in real life as well. A romance brews with Hideo and I found it incredibly swoony. The secondary characters aren’t super prominent as Emika is the type to do things on her own, but the pieces of them we do get left me intrigued with hope of learning more in the next book. And the ending! Of course Marie Lu would throw the plot in a tailspin leaving me with so many questions and dying to get them answered! Honestly, the entire book was filled with excitement and it flowed at a great pace. It left me thinking about technology and where we could be heading in the future and if ours will look anything like this. It seems plausible, and that’s what makes it so cool and scary! Warcross was so much more than I expected and definitely one to pick up!

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

21 Responses to “Review: Warcross by Marie Lu”

  1. Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

    AHA SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THIS SARA! I just finished reading Warcross a couple days back and really enjoyed it. It isn’t my favourite Marie Lu book but it is high up there and Lu does not disappoint. It was so well written and the world was so amazing and the characters and the romance were just A+++

    Lovely review and so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

  2. Jasprit

    I’m glad to see that you ended up enjoying this Sara, when I first heard about this book, I don’t know why I thought it wasn’t my sort of read, but since more and more praising reviews are coming through, its making me more excited to give this book a go, also I’m always a fan of fast paced books! Fab review!
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  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    So I confess I don’t generally like the type of stories with weird and scary technology and like games and virtual lives and things….BUT THE HYPE FOR THIS IS SO REAL AND I’M SO INTRIGUED!! I feel like I’m going to have to try it someday just to see. So glad you loved it!!

  4. Rissi

    Marie Lu isn’t an author I’ve read – *I know* – but I am curious about her stories. Especially since she seems to earn such high praise. This book is outside my usual norm of genres/styles, but my interest won’t be crushed. Glad to know it’s a good read!
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  5. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    I’m so conflicted about this book! I’ve had it for months but something about it keeps holding me back. Maybe the hype, but also k think everyone keeps saying how there will be a love triangle – ugh. I hate love triangles. I’m waiting for a friend to finish the book, to see if I should bother. I hate not reading review copies, but I’m really not sure about this one. I’m so glad you liked it! In all honesty, it sounds awesome.

    Wonderful review! Have a great day. =)

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