Warcross by Marie Lu

22344154_924954251004886_6809178925592215552_n(1)Warcross by Marie Lu

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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.


I can tell you honestly what I thought before I started this book: pretty side cover; I’m buying this because it’s signed; I’m intrigued by the Marie Lu hype (I’m looking at you, Rendz); but there is no way that this will be anything beyond a three to four star. DEAR GOSH, WOW, I WAS WRONG. I’m now ready for the Marie Lu spiral because this book was wonderful.

Where do I even begin? This book made a non-gamer interested in gaming. I kept sitting there going, I really wouldn’t be so captivated when they get into the game world; I can’t relate; etc. However, Lu takes the concept of gaming and changes it on its head. This world was lush, fascinating, complex, and thrilling. There are books that the moment you read them, you know they will make a good movie. This book is made for movies. The world was captivating and each detail created a whole new landscape in my mind. For the most part, I tend to skim quite a bit of descriptions, but I read all of them that I could.

Lu has a wonderful writing style as well. It is so easy to read, and I pretty much did this book in two sittings. She has a way of sucking her reader in and making them need to know what was coming next. Her plot developing skills were excellent. There are quite a few twists and turns in this story, and I only managed to figure out one – and one I had no clue that was coming, so I have to give major props to Lu. I’m definitely ready to get my Lu jam on now, because I have to believe all of her books are most likely as magical as this one.

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Tiana might not enjoy Warcross so much, because I mean, how would she eat all the delicious food she sees?

The characters were great as well. Again, I doubted this book’s ability to have me remember all of the names of the other games, but I still remember five plus days later most all of the names of the group and even super minor characters. My favorite character was definitely Emika. She was strong, brave, and smart – seriously smart. I really connected with her, and I forever will be rooting for her. She’s definitely become one of my favorite characters in the YA game right now. And the father-daughter relationship? AMAZINGLY DONE. *so much screaming*

The only issue that I had was that I felt a little bit of disconnect from it. This was a captivating novel with fantastic characterization, writing, and plot, but for some odd reason, I can’t say that it is a favorite. I’m not even sure why. But it’s such a high five crowns. This book is definitely well deserving of the hype, and I can’t wait to explore Lu’s work further. I can see why she is one of the queens of YA, and this book is a fine example of it. Five crowns and a Tiana rating (but can we just have a visit from Pocahontas because I’m pretty sure all the colors of the wind painted Emika’s hair?)


65 thoughts on “Warcross by Marie Lu

  1. Looove your review! I knew I was going to love this book when I read the blurb and after enjoying Ready Player One. Yet, I didn’t expect to like it MORE. And I did, haha.
    I can’t wait for the sequel!

    The only thing that I found a pity is that she kind of pushed some other characters aside. But I have all faith in her! The sequel will make up for that! *Now where is it..?*

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathy! And yessssssssssssssss. I agree! I thought I would enjoy it, but I didn’t think I would love it so much. But I’m with youuuuuuuuuuuuuu. That endingggggggggggg. D:

      But I do agree about the characters. I’m interested to see what she will do with the second one to bring it back in.

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      1. I finished it yesterday and I don’t even know how to feel. I was just, “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. Now I have to translate that into a review… (but I loved it.)

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  2. This book is so amazing!!!!! I loved it so much!!! I am glad you liked it. Just so you know I have posted the fall book tag on my blog.

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    1. Yesssssssssssss. It was on my mental TBR, but well, the moment I saw the whole signed thing at the bookstore, it became on the physical TBR. 😉 I didn’t even know she was doing some signed copies options but I found it in an independent bookstore I just happened to stop into and it was amazing.


    1. Yesssssssssssssss. I’m so jealous of Emika’s ability to not worry about the dye ruining her hair and going for it. XD But thanks so much, Krysti! It was your stellar review that really made me decide to pick it up instead of just borrowing it from the library.

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  3. I’m just gonna take credit for this. Thank you very much. Fantastic review Mandy!! I love that you loved this books and that it turned out to be more than you expected!!! And yes to that Pocahontas relation. Colours of the wind realllyyyy applies to Emika’s hair. I hope you enjoy Marie’s other series!!!

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    1. It really was your fault. I’m like, okay, Rendz keeps telling me the greatness of Lu so I was going to have to do it. XD And it turned out to be amazingggggggggggggg. And lol it really does. I kept singing the song the entire way through. XD And I have Legend so I’m ready to get my Lu jam on. 😀

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  4. I need to get this book soon…it caught my eye the second I read the description before it came out, and I just…I need to read it as soon as possible, it sounds so good. Your review only made me want to read it even more! Gah! I’m not even a gamer, even though I often like video game worlds…I really want to read this now…

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      1. IT WAS AWESOME, I LOVED IT! My favorite has to be Emika, haha. She was so smart, independent, and brave. She was amazing. And…I did see the ending coming. I had a feeling about the NeuroLink, but I didn’t guess EXACTLY what they were for. All I guessed was that there was something more sinister about them. And I totally called Zero’s identity. But it was still fun uncovering those things, and I think the way they were revealed was brilliant.

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      2. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSs. She is amazinggggggg. And I’m impressed, Kate! Your sleuth skillssssss are quite superior. And yes! I did call Zero’s identity, too, but I didn’t quite call out his motivations. But you’re right! The way they were revealed and uncovering them.

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      3. Well, I kept thinking, “These things are too good to be true.” And you know what they say about things that are too good to be true…I didn’t guess the whole story, but I just knew they weren’t as good as they seemed.
        And same. I guessed Zero’s identity (I mean, the body was never found. In book speak, that translates to: is 100% alive) but I also didn’t think of his motives.

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      4. That’s okay! (Names are hard to remember) Just happy you’re liking the music. I’m glad they matched the book. Could you leave me updated when you do look up more? (I’m always interested in whether my thoughts work with someone else’s, especially with artsy stuff) But I’m glad you like the songs thus far!


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