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Warcross Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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Praise for Warcross:
An Amazon Editor's Favorite YA Book for Fall 2017
An Amazon September Best of the Month Pick — YA/Teens
“A vibrant, action-packed shot of adrenaline. Lu delivers characters with heart and determination, then sets them loose in a luminously conceived world of infinite possibility.”—Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows
★ “With a keen eye for detail, Lu (the Young Elites series) vividly imagines a future society where gaming is woven into daily life . . . Think The Hunger Games meets World of Warcraft.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Marie Lu’s Warcross is unlike anything I’ve ever read—clever, smart, romantic—yet exploding with color, action, and unrelenting speed. I flew through this book—it’s absolutely fantastic.”—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
★ “A stellar cyberpunk series opener packed with simmering romance and cinematic thrills.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Clear your schedule, because you won’t stop reading Warcross until you’re done. Addictive, fast-paced, and totally immersive, this book takes you from a futuristic Tokyo on a high-tech tour of incredible virtual worlds. Packed with danger, intrigue, and heart-pounding gameplay, set in a world built with an incredible eye for detail, Warcross is Marie Lu’s best book yet.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae
★ “A highly engaging and incredibly exciting science fiction novel for young adults.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“An immersive world that I didn't want to leave. Warcross is pure genius. I'm ready for the sequel!”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless
“[A]s brightly hued as Emika’s sleeve tattoo and rainbow hair — a fast-paced, fun-filled adventure.”—The Washington Post
“The novel is a page-turner, and even those who are not gamers will cheer for Emi as she tries to discover who is genuine and who is not.”—VOYA
“The Hunger Games meets Minecraft as a teen hacker enters a virtual reality in Marie Lu’s electrifying novel Warcross.”—Seventeen
“[A]n inventive first in a series that showcases Lu’s versatility as a storyteller. . . . Dystopia, dark fantasy, and now a sci-fi thriller—what can’t Lu do? Her boatloads of fans can’t wait to find out.”—School Library Journal
About the Author
Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and one Pembroke Welsh corgi.
Top customer reviews
Here are the things that I loved. Emika, I loved through and through. She was engaging and flawed and talented. It is a girl you want to be around and you want to succeed. She was so strong through most of the book. Second, I loved the whole concept of a virtual world distracting you from reality. With social media and everything being connected through technology now that I found it to be a relevant world. Third, I loved the game Warcross. I found it to be an adult version of capture the flag. I wish we had more of it but I will take what I can get.
It is a good read and one that is worth your time. I look forward to reading the next book and hope that we see some exciting action.
It's a colorful and creative look at a future where people spend the best part of their lives online in virtual worlds that feel and look real. Other reviews cover the gist of the story and Em's role in it, so I won't repeat that. The story is filled with a lot of great twists, especially at the end. It sets up the next installment in the series nicely.
I loved everything I read here, which is why I gave it five stars -- but I definitely look forward to digging deeper into the characters in the next novel, especially the secondary characters like the members of Emika's team. I think there was a lot left on the table that could have been explored more fully in the narrative (including a couple action sequences that jump from the exact moment of a dramatic event to the aftermath). Either way, I'm hooked, and ready for the next book.
I started with low hopes, because the book started like a Snow Crash clone: a chase, the protagonist's poverty, skateboards, etc. And though the book does revisit tons of sci-fi tropes, the uniqueness of the protagonist drew me in and got me interested. Her inner monologue, her doubts, her challenges, all work as well in her world as it does in ours, and I found myself rooting for her. I loved the unique and multi-layered supporting characters, who I also rooted for, as well as the twists in the story. The author won me over...
...then screwed me over by ending the book abruptly at the end of the second act. Lu never bothered to finish the book. A book, whether part of a series or not, needs to be able to stand on its own. And this book is a tease, setting up a good story with great characters and then just doesn't resolve anything.
If you like your books to have an ending, avoid Warcross until Lu finishes writing the series.
What a waste of 2/3rds of a very enjoyable sci fi novel.