- Series: Warcross (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399547967
- ISBN-13: 978-0399547966
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 360 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—A highly engaging and incredibly exciting science fiction novel for young adults. Emika Chen is a bounty hunter living in a futuristic New York City. Emika has a juvenile record and spent time in the foster care system after her father died. She is struggling to pay her bills, and is banking on getting enough from the next bounty to settle up with her landlord. In the midst of her troubles, Emika gets involved in Warcross, a virtual reality video game played by nearly everyone. Players put on virtual reality glasses and can play others, build their own worlds, and keep memories there. There is a huge tournament where the best players from around the globe come together as teams to compete for the ultimate prize. When Emika tries stealing a valuable item in the opening ceremony, she glitches into the game and finds immediate fame. With this fame comes a job offer from the young Hideo Tanaka, creator of Warcross. He flies her to Japan on his private jet, and he asks for her help to find someone who is threatening the game. Emika is also a skilled hacker, so she accepts. The teen becomes a key player in the tournament and in Hideo's life, as they develop a romantic relationship. Readers will move effortlessly through Lu's fantastic writing, and they will enjoy getting to know this international cast of characters. The author adeptly weaves together exciting video games scenes, virtual reality, and romance. The great plot twist and cliff-hanger ending clearly leaves room for a sequel. VERDICT An enticing first purchase for YA collections, especially where Lu's other books and science fiction are popular.—Nancy Jo Lambert, Reedy High School, Frisco, TX
Praise for Warcross:
A New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Editor's Favorite YA Book for Fall 2017
An Amazon September Best of the Month Pick — YA/Teens
An Amazon Best YA Book of 2017
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Best YA Book of 2017
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017
A Boston Globe Best YA Book of 2017
A POPSUGAR Best YA Book of 2017
A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017
A Bustle Best YA Book of 2017
“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.”—Booklist
“[A]s visual, kinetic, and furiously paced as any video game. . . . It’s ‘Gleaming the Cube’ meets ‘Strange Days’ meets ‘Blade Runner,’ and it’s a lot of fun.”—The New York Times
"Warcross is the kind of all-consuming fantasy novel that pulls you head-first into a brand new world that begins to feel so familiar you can’t wait to get your hands on the next one."—New York magazine
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I loved a lot about this novel, but one of the biggest things was that it has a heavy mystery vibe to it. Our main character is a bounty hunter, but she has to do a lot of investigating to figure out who Zero is and she's pretty much a digital detective. And I loved that, it's been a while since I've read any mysteries or books with mysteries and I've missed them. Though I knew who Zero was about half way through, but there were other more surprising twists. I loved the characters, Emika is a great heroine to follow and Hideo was also a rare kind of character. The background characters were interesting as well and I'm looking forward to learning more about them in the next book. And speaking of this being the start of a series, holy crap that ending. That was a huge surprise and again I didn't see it coming. The last 30 pages were a roller coaster and I'm still thinking about it. Overall this was a great sci-fi read with great world building, action, characters, and twists. I would recommend it if you're looking for a new YA sci-fi novel, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
Warcross follows a scrappy little bounty hunter, Emika, who has a knack and skill for coding after Emika decided to idolized the creator of Warcross growing up. She utilized her coding to track down these criminals and make ends meat until she finds her self glitched into the middle of the Warcross Championships! And it TAKES OFF from there.
Emika was a wonderful protagonist and I absolutely LOVED reading through her. She was multidimensional, realistic, scrappy, and had a wonderful story to tell. The rest of the cast was just was wonderful.
There is a who-done-it mystery aspect to this book that I LOVED whether it was obvious who it was or not. Just the thriller aspect of this book had me on the edge of my seat and was such a pleasant surprise.
My biggest issue fell in how many questions I had with this book. Like WHAT ARE THEY DOING when they are in VR? How do things not happen to them in the real world during VR? What if things did? Also, the game was not fully fleshed out to me. While some games were well described, other times (game 2 and the championship game in particular) I could not picture AT ALL and just had to focus on the action around it to try and get through. The glitch capabilities of the hackers seemed unlimited which didn't make sense to me as they felt limited in some scenarios and not in others. I buddy read this book and just remember spouting out plot hole questions the whole time and a lot of it did not get addressed.
The ending was not my favorite either. I don't understand why the "villian" did not just tell Em the truth instead of sabotaging/hurting her (trying to keep it spoiler free here haha) to have her try and help them. It made no sense to keep that from her. I also wished we got to see the conversation between Em and her teammates at the end that Em built up to. I get the writer was building to the finale but I really wanted to see that after it was such an issue in the book. Also, neither I nor the person I was buddy reading with could picture that last game.
But despite all that I LOVED THIS book. I had such a hard time rating it because this book was so amazing despite the many questions and plot hole I felt were in this book, which says so much. The characters were great, the story line is wonderful, and I did love this world we got go to. It is going to be a LONGGGG wait for the next one!!
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