Warcross

Warcross

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. B...

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Warcross Reviews

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    4.75*

    Oh my god this was AWESOME! Such a great book. BiblioBabble TK very soon!!!!

    *thanks to Penguin Canada for the ARC!*

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    THIS IS OFFICIALLY THE BOOK OF 2017 THAT I AM SHOVING AT EVERYONE. No matter what your age or what genre you normally read - IT IS AMAZING. I haven't been this into a book in sooooo long. Oh my goodness. It was perfect. Like I have 0 complaints and just a lot of fangirling gifs to unleash on y'all because Marie Lu is a genius.

    I can't really even begin to explain the absolutely brilliant game that is Warcross. I'll just say that I'm not usually into anything that feels too sci-fi or futuristic, y

    THIS IS OFFICIALLY THE BOOK OF 2017 THAT I AM SHOVING AT EVERYONE. No matter what your age or what genre you normally read - IT IS AMAZING. I haven't been this into a book in sooooo long. Oh my goodness. It was perfect. Like I have 0 complaints and just a lot of fangirling gifs to unleash on y'all because Marie Lu is a genius.

    I can't really even begin to explain the absolutely brilliant game that is Warcross. I'll just say that I'm not usually into anything that feels too sci-fi or futuristic, yet was SO into this. I need the sequel asap. Marie created an incredible and colorful high-tech world that feels so imaginative but still entirely possible! I got done reading and wanted to go find some Warcross glasses/contacts and run through one of those virtual worlds (the snowy one was my favorite obvs). The idea that the team captain was in a fancy wheelchair in real life but still got to run around as his Warcross avatar made me so happy (just the sense of infinite possibility and not having real-world physical limitations for a short time).

    But seriously, I don't even know what to gush about first. The brilliant plot? The writing? My extreme love for Hideo? How Emika is one of my new favorite characters... yesss, we shall start with Emika. She's a badass former foster kid/college dropout with rainbow hair, tattoos, a skateboard, and a really solid backstory. She uses her hacking skills to work as a bounty hunter and manipulate the virtual worlds of Warcross. One day she's about to get evicted from her apartment because she can't pay her rent, but stuff happens and suddenly she's being flown to the Wardraft to compete in the championship tournament as a wild card. But that's her employer's cover for her because she's actually there as a spy/hidden weapon to uncover a dangerous plot with her awesome skills and I WON'T SAY MORE BUT OMG.

    Plus, I really appreciated how everything about Emika was conveyed by

    instead of just telling the reader she's tough or talented. I also loved how international everything felt -- I adore the Olympics and this had a similar exciting atmosphere & scope (except bigger). Most of the story takes place in Tokyo, but there are players representing countries from around the world. And I loved all of the side characters! I'm really looking forward to seeing more of them in the sequel.

    But omg HIDEO IS EVERYTHING. He invented Warcross when he was young and is all sorts of smart, rich, and well-dressed. He's Japanese and has a British accent since he went to school in England. The romance was really well paced because I am 100% invested in what happens between these 2 characters now.

    Except... ok this is all I will say: Emika's choices towards the end had me like

    Anyways, Leigh Bardugo fans will love this (because of reasons). And I also think Harry Potter fans will because of the sense of a loner who finds a group of people they belong with in a super creative world.

    I called one plot twist early on, but that didn't make the reveal any less awesome. And I did NOT expect the other twist! I mean, I was into the whole book but THAT ENDING (!!!!) took my enthusiasm to a whole new level. I am still freaking out. The writing here really was fabulous and I am just so happy this book exists. I went into it thinking it was about some kind of dystopian video game (or just like Ready Player One) and ended up being like

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Em

    I want dwayne the rock to bench press me I'm pretty sure it'll hurt less than whatever is happening right now.

    This was so fucking INCREDIBLE and like...ohm y god I'm just

    I love this book with all my usually empty 7 hearts that just inflated 6 sizes and I think my ribs might actually crack. I wish all seven of them were prettier and less veiny, maybe silk and pastel hair that I could stroke gently... because now that it's all over, all seven of them are inund

    I want dwayne the rock to bench press me I'm pretty sure it'll hurt less than whatever is happening right now.

    This was so fucking INCREDIBLE and like...ohm y god I'm just

    I love this book with all my usually empty 7 hearts that just inflated 6 sizes and I think my ribs might actually crack. I wish all seven of them were prettier and less veiny, maybe silk and pastel hair that I could stroke gently... because now that it's all over, all seven of them are inundated with nostalgia, wearing pink plastic heart glasses on and beating like the saddest metronome!!

    said this book was “

    ” and I keep imagining a tree that died and got chopped up into tiny pieces to become stardust that will find us again after billions of years and write us a perfumed love letter dusted in golden light and signed with a kiss…

    ok I'm just being dramatic but seriously...reading

    was like this weird holiday special from the universe that I've never expected and that was also the goddamn best feeling in the world I want to marry it!!

    *sprays rose water on this book*

    You know when you read about a world and have those moments of warmth when you're daydreaming about a reality that you want and wish you could make for yourself?? that overwhelming urge to be a

    of the story and not just read about it??

    See, I’m here but I’m only here because I haven’t learned how to hack myself into warcross yet.

    So, here's how the story goes:

    . A tattooed, rainbow haired, skateboarding bounty hunteress hacks into the opening ceremony of a world-wide well-known virtual game: Warcross.

    Tokyo. A 10 million offer. A last-minute player. Dark net. Illegal auctions. Unexpected friendships. And more than anything Emika has ever signed up for.

    Trust me when I say that this book will take you to surprising emotional places. It's

    ,

    and the equivalent of having a million clementines thrown at your body at the same time. There will be moments when you'll be so incredibly emotional and high strung and anxious and overall bursting at the seams and moments that would feel like you'd been hit over the head with a baseball bat and then told to just forget about it.

    is actually more than a video game. See, it's like a real-time window into some alternate reality where you can transcend space and time and logic to hunt down artifacts and eliminate your foes. It's iconic and also the allegory for the emotional experience of existence

    and it now offically joins

    and

    as the only three activities that have ever truly brought me joy in this unending hellscape of a life!!

    I've never wanted more than to be awake and untrapped within the physics of this body and be physically transported into that realm, just to

    .... uuh never mind the fact that every competitive match I've ever played was just me as a support consistently thanking my teammates for saving my life or the fact that when I got my first gameboy and played Super Mario with such a deranged and obsessive tenacity that I would literally shut down the game whenever the ending wasn’t towards my favor .....LET ME LIVE!!

    You know what though? here's an especially big

    to technology for not stepping up her game and being beaten with a bound bundle of dead tree. Because this book made me really realize the things we could probably be doing with our time and advanced understanding of technology... anything

    than 360 degree selfies and windows 10.

    Just how is it 2017 and I can't walk out of my house with glitter lipstick and virtually shimmering skin, full body highlight and virtual knee length hair. I have virtual wings and a virtual tiger pet trotting at my side (this is actually canon in the book). For fuck's sake, I can’t even print out an essay without scraping out the eardrums of everyone in a 50m radius!!!!!

    Do you ever meet a fictional character and suddenly you're hit with a wave of love so comfortable and deep that you feel like you've already loved this person for thousands of years??

    This is literally about everyone is this book.

    was just good at handling the characters that I could actually hear their dialogue in their voices and actually imagine the scenarios being presented and wish I could astral project into their bodies and watch it all play out!!

    We have such a

    cast of characters with told stories that are so vague and so unique and so complexe and untold stories that will make you wish you could time travel to 2018 and read the sequel asap.

    But mainly,

    with her rainbow hair, her sleeve tattoos and her attitude that resembles a rough sketch of something nice.

    who's made of sugar spice and everything kind but also made of carbon atoms and lies (also, he has a british accent and wears nice shirts with his sleeves rolled up to the elbows and also cooks for his parents??? where's my inhaler I might breathe out my kidneys)

    And

    who captain teams and are super talented and can code and hack technology while I'm just here on the internet exploring the existential dread that’s latent in all of us and waiting for memes to come my way because I'm just a passive meme consumer not even contributing anything to the meme economy!!

    The fact that I am making an entire section just about this is prove enough of my passion. Aka,

    .

    I’m trying to deconstruct my ideas about romantic love especially the ship where person A is a successful billionaire and person B is a penniless outlaw but it's really hard when my reptile brain literally has the phrase “

    ” on repeat!! like I know better but I also can’t help myself from giving into this brand of brainwashing. I guess my heart is just too soft when it comes to this trope…..I have a marshmallow heart.... a cotton candy heart.. a goddamn foam mattress heart!!

    Anyways, thank you

    for the new unexpected obsession, that was nice and cruel...

    if you're looking for me, I'll be in the trash BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I AM FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!

  • Sabaa Tahir

    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. You will love it too. It is beautiful and smart and Emika is a funny, flawed, *awesome* heroine. And Hideo, omg, SO MANY FEELINGS. The setting in this book are exploding with radness--the conversations, the technology, the intricacies of the world. I knew from both the LEGEND series and TYE that Marie Lu was a master worldbuilder, but this clinches it.

    I read this book FAST, and it totally got me out of a reading slump. The ending was satisfying , but I have no idea how

    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. You will love it too. It is beautiful and smart and Emika is a funny, flawed, *awesome* heroine. And Hideo, omg, SO MANY FEELINGS. The setting in this book are exploding with radness--the conversations, the technology, the intricacies of the world. I knew from both the LEGEND series and TYE that Marie Lu was a master worldbuilder, but this clinches it.

    I read this book FAST, and it totally got me out of a reading slump. The ending was satisfying , but I have no idea how I will survive until Book 2, I really don't. Highly, highly recommend!

  • Emma Giordano

    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH

    Warcross is absolutely one of my favorite books of the year. It's thrilling, it's engaging, and the twists in this novel are still driving me wild. I loved absolutely everything about this novel. Hoping to film a glowing review for my YouTube channel soon!!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This is easily the most

    novel I've read in 2017. If I wasn't a

    adult, I would have blown through this in a single sitting. I'll admit, I had seen talk of

    filling my feed here for well over six months prior to it's release date, but was a bit skeptical. Reading the blurb gave me a feeling of "been there, done that mor

    This is easily the most

    novel I've read in 2017. If I wasn't a

    adult, I would have blown through this in a single sitting. I'll admit, I had seen talk of

    filling my feed here for well over six months prior to it's release date, but was a bit skeptical. Reading the blurb gave me a feeling of "been there, done that more times than I can count", but I was so intrigued by the consistently high ratings that my curiosity stayed piqued. After attending the Goodreads Summit in October and several friends gushing over it being their favorite book of the year, I knew it was time to pick it up and see what all the fuss is about. I am so delighted that I listened to the experts, because this was truly a favorite read of mine for many reasons.

    What can I say that hasn't already been said? I feel like once you know the basic gist of the story you've got what you need going into it. I actually picked this up without reading the summary again (the last time I did was probably 3 months ago) and I love the open perspective it gave me. I had no preconceived notions, no expectations or spoiler-filled thoughts; I simply dove in and hung on for the ride. And what a ride it was! The descriptions, atmosphere, and setting in this book were so intricate in details that I felt as though I were watching a movie in my head rather than reading words on a page. The colors, artistic backgrounds, and global experiences were truly that; experiences. I found my breath catching multiple times, and most were not during the high octane action scenes. I could truly picture this book being turned into a hollywood blockbuster film; my only concern is that we do not have the technology yet to do the story the justice it so richly deserves.

    is at the top of her game here; she knows how to write characters who are divinely flawed, ones that stir a sense of camaraderie, hope, and consistency, and then manages to break your heart and piece it back together by the end of the book. The subtle, yet natural inclusion of diversity here is stellar; the characters are completely different but the realistic sense reminded me of how

    created her gang of lovable nuggets in

    (Squad Goals). We have representation of multiple races, LGBT, and disabilities that make for a well crafted group whom rely on each other for different strengths and weaknesses. I can't express how much this touched my heart, as I feel like it is STILL so difficult to find this type of essential diverseness in current fiction.

    There's not much else to add, although I had a few jaw-dropping moments near the end. There are a few big twists, one of which I suspected and one that completely blew my mind, but the story in it's entirety is worthy of all five stars regardless of your deduction skills. This is the type of thrilling science fiction/dystopian that is effortlessly enjoyed by all, regardless of age, race, gender, etc. This is a fantastic entry to a new world that I look forward to visiting again; the ending was left beautifully ready for the sequel and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that it lives up to the hype.

  • Emily May

    Do I really need to say anymore?

    Oh okay, I guess I'll say some more. Aside from a few kinks that will probably be ironed out by the final publication,

    is a

    and

    . It presents a world that, given our current technology,

    Do I really need to say anymore?

    Oh okay, I guess I'll say some more. Aside from a few kinks that will probably be ironed out by the final publication,

    is a

    and

    . It presents a world that, given our current technology, doesn't seem that implausible at all, and in this world, Lu introduces a plot full of secrets and lies, friends and enemies, and the promise of even better things to come.

    Emika Chen is a college dropout, hacker and bounty hunter in New York City. Ever since her beloved father died, she struggles to keep a roof over her head by catching the petty criminals who the police put out rewards for. Then one day she gets desperate and takes a risky opportunity to earn some quick cash - by hacking into the live Warcross opening ceremony on the Neurolink. Unfortunately, or fortunately, she gets caught.

    Warcross is a virtual reality combat game created by young billionaire, Hideo Tanaka. Almost everyone plays around the world, and the live championships are watched by all. Teams compete in virtual arenas to steal the opposing team's artifact. When Emika hacks into Warcross, she thinks she's in big trouble, so it comes as a huge surprise when Hideo offers her an undercover job as a player (and a spy) in the game.

    It is a very visual book, full of

    as the players find themselves in new and exciting arenas. But as well as this, Lu knows her audience well, and she infuses everything with bloodthirsty action and competition, somewhere halfway between

    and a good ol' game of Quidditch.

    Of course, Emika's digging into the dangerous underbelly of the hacker world will reveal some dark truths and cause her ever more problems. I predicted one thing that would happen, but never foresaw the other big reveal. And my predictions were not really disappointing - they just made me even more eager to know what happens next.

    is also a

    . Emika is Chinese-American, Hideo is Japanese, the captain of Emika's Warcross team is in a wheelchair, and Roshan and Tremaine are gay. The international appeal of the game gives Lu the opportunity to include people of all colours and backgrounds - an opportunity she does not pass up.

    I feel like the few rough patches will be fixed in the final version, but maybe I'll have to pick up a library copy to find out. There were a couple of things towards the end that felt poorly-explained. Such as

    and

    But these were not big issues.

    The ending sets the book up for what looks to be a fantastic sequel. I even think there is room for Lu to explore some

    -esque moral ambiguity if she's feeling adventurous, which I really hope she is. I can't wait.

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  • Lola

    Warcross is more than just a game. It’s an industry. It’s a way of life. It’s unlimited access to the future.

    And for Emika, Warcross has recently become her saviour… and job.

    I have to say, Marie Lu can truly write anything. Dystopian, fantasy or science fiction, it doesn’t matter, Marie Lu can do it all. I’m surprised she hasn’t written a contemporary book yet, though I admit her thing is action and complex worlds, so I’m glad she’s sticking to those departments.

    WARCROSS is so unlike her prev

    Warcross is more than just a game. It’s an industry. It’s a way of life. It’s unlimited access to the future.

    And for Emika, Warcross has recently become her saviour… and job.

    I have to say, Marie Lu can truly write anything. Dystopian, fantasy or science fiction, it doesn’t matter, Marie Lu can do it all. I’m surprised she hasn’t written a contemporary book yet, though I admit her thing is action and complex worlds, so I’m glad she’s sticking to those departments.

    WARCROSS is so unlike her previous works, and yet, I recognized her touch. It’s professionally-written, with a serious atmosphere, and a badass heroine you’ll root for.

    Is it weird that I liked the main villain as much as Emika herself? He’s just the right type you love to hate. Even the love interest didn’t hold a candle to him.

    Actually, there’s nothing I disliked about this book… except that I didn’t fall for the romance. It wasn’t rushed, but it was expected. Furthermore, a man in power falling for a woman in need of help does not do it for me.

    Everything else, though, I savoured. I enjoyed reading about the Warcross game so badly I wanted to experience it myself. It does sound astounding. It’s funny because I’m not a gamer and I’ve never been into virtual reality or WoW-ish worlds.

    But this game fascinated me, especially Emika’s role in it. The way she used the elements of the game to attempt to capture Zero showed intelligence and a curious mind.

    The other players in Emika’s team should have been more developed. Their voices sounded true, but we know extremely little about them. Emika herself wasn’t so interested in her teammates, so that has to change… and I have a feeling it will.

    Such shocking final events. I saw some of them coming, but mostly, a truck mercilessly ran me over.

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  • Natalie Monroe

    Cynical Natalie:

    Nice Natalie: For the record, I'm not comfortable being here. Marie Lu is one of our favorite authors! Remember when we

    and acted like complete dorks, but she was still really nice?

    Cynical Natalie: How many times do I have to tell you? Separate the person from the art. Marie Lu is a lovely person, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to rip into her brain baby's ass and yank its innards from its throat.

    Nice Natalie: Must you be so vulgar?

    Cynical Natalie: Yes. Besi

    Cynical Natalie:

    Nice Natalie: For the record, I'm not comfortable being here. Marie Lu is one of our favorite authors! Remember when we

    and acted like complete dorks, but she was still really nice?

    Cynical Natalie: How many times do I have to tell you? Separate the person from the art. Marie Lu is a lovely person, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to rip into her brain baby's ass and yank its innards from its throat.

    Nice Natalie: Must you be so vulgar?

    Cynical Natalie: Yes. Besides, you can't deny feeling thoroughly underwhelmed by Warcross.

    Nice Natalie: Thoroughly is a bit of an overstatement. We did like the tournaments and the rules surrounding it. They were creative.

    Cynical Natalie: Wish she'd put some of that creativity towards the romance. It's bland as fuck and twice as squicky when you see it's eerily similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. Hot billionaire falls in love with a girl lower on the social/wealth rung for no apparent reason, pays all her bills, then flies her out to Tokyo on a private jet.

    Nice Natalie: That's unfair! You can't lump all billionaire romances together with Fifty Shades.

    Cynical Natalie: I can and I will. Books aren't written in a vacuum. She should have realized Hideo and Emika resembled Christian and Ana.

    Nice Natalie: Emika isn't anything like Ana, nor Hideo like Christian. She's spirited and clever and stubborn—

    Cynical Natalie: God, I hate the description "stubborn." Bella Swan and every TSTL Paranormal Romance heroine after her pulverized that word to watery soup. It's not even an insult anymore. It's a compliment dressed like a nightmare.

    If you ask me, Emika is June 2.0. Her criminal record, the one that haunts her permanent record, making her *gasp* morally grey, is the result of her defending the weak. Her soul is vanilla through and through. Why couldn't she have gotten it by doing something selfish but also sympathetic, like hacking bank accounts to pay the bills after her dad died?

    Nice Natalie: Just because you're going through an antihero phase doesn't make good characters bad.

    Cynical Natalie: Hey, I love Wonder Woman just as much as you, and she's as pure-hearted as they come. To prove, I'll tag a gif:

    What I don't like are

    characters. One-note caricatures.

    Plus, Emika's relationship with her dad is tragically one-dimensional. In

    , Kaz Brekker shares a nuanced, layered relationship with his decreased brother. Jordie had been wrongfully swindled, but part of the blame lay in his greed, and Kaz recognizes that. He's able to see his brother as a victim and the protector who abandoned him, no matter how unwillingly.

    Emika and her father's relationship could've been something like that. Rage for him dying, for the debts, for leaving her alone and penniless. Love for the memories, for inspiring her rainbow-colored hair, for never forgetting to ask about her day. Instead we get a flat I-miss-him narrative. I could forgive it in her debut novel. Not now.

    Nice Natalie: Must you hold up Six of Crows as the bar for everything?

    Cynical Natalie: Do we love Taylor Swift?

    Nice Natalie: It's not all bad. There's good diversity representation. Asher—handsome, sought after Asher—uses a wheelchair. Don't forget the other PoC from a range of different cultures and countries. Hideo, the love interest, is Asian, too.

    Cynical Natalie: Thank you for bringing Hideo, I almost forgot.

    fall for Emika? The gal I get—he's her idol and made all her dreams come true. Him, ehhh.

    Nice Natalie: What's not to like about her? She speaks her mind and is a brilliant hacker.

    Cynical Natalie: Yes. Because there's no way Hideo has come across an independent, sassy woman once in his course as CEO of a multi-billion dollar company.

    Nice Natalie: Do you not have a romantic bone in your body?

    Cynical Natalie: Not in my body, no. But I do have a pretty nice collection in my basement.

    Before you get all moony-eyed, remember we guessed all the twists, including one that was so soap-opera-ish, I still can't believe Lu included it.

    Nice Natalie: Just because we know how a story is going to end, it doesn't spoil the journey. We were really happy when we spotted all those Easter eggs from her previous books: a Warcross team named Windwalkers; Asher's big brother is called Daniel Wing; and the merit system in Japan, where you earn points for doing something small like watering a plant, mimics that of Antarctica from Legend's dystopian setting. Warcross is like a distant prequel. Lu confirmed it on her Twitter, too.

    Cynical Natalie: Big deal.

    Nice Natalie: It is a big deal. That earns half a star at least.

    Cynical Natalie: Oh no, you don't. We're going to be objective. Two stars and that's because I'm happy Taylor Swift's Reputation is coming out in two weeks.

    Nice Natalie: Two stars are for books we hate!

    Cynical Natalie: No, one star is for books we hate. But since you insist, one star.

    Nice Natalie: No!

    Cynical Natalie: 0.5. Do I hear a bid for 0.5?

    Nice Natalie: At least make it a solid four.

    Cynical Natalie: In your glitter-powdered dreams. Two, take it or leave it.

    Nice Natalie: THREE. And an extra 0.5 because we really do love you, Marie. I'm sorry I can't do more.

    Cynical Natalie: I'm not. Now where's my Taylor t-shirt? I got Tumblr shit to reblog.

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