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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.
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Emika uncovers a dangerous plot that's being orchestrated by a mysterious man named Zero, who plans to make his final move at the Championship game. Over the course of her spying, Emika learns that one of her team mates on the Phoenix Riders is in league with Zero. As she begins to get closer to uncovering Zero's dangerous plot, things begin to heat up.
Warcross is a virtual game that allows for players to escape reality and creates a virtual world that feels real to them. However, escapism isn't it's only use as Emika Chen knows well. The game has generated a criminal monopoly of sorts, causing illegal betting and an assassination hit list in a dark shady underworld beneath the original Warcross game. Emika is a lone-wolf kind of gal, but we see her grow into the relationships she makes as she makes friends with her teammates, even finding an intense romance with infamous billionaire creator, Hideo.
The world itself is visually pleasing as it's filled with beautiful descriptions of the arenas each match takes place in. Lu is a master at knowing her audience and infuses her beautiful descriptions with a fast-paced plot that is always evolving. It's full of blood thirsty action, and adrenaline pumping competition. Many believe Warcross to be a cross between Hunger Games and the likes of Quidditch and Minecraft. A game like Warcross which encompasses the entire world is bound to lead Emika Chen at the mercy of the dark underbelly of the hacker world. Dark truths are reveal about the world of Warcross and those closes to her. One particular plot twist involving a character was so heart-wrenching, I'm still not quite over it. It will be interesting to see what Marie Lu plans to do with this series going forward, as the ending has left you knowing nothing will be the same ever again.
Marie Lu is one of many recent authors who have strived to write compellingly diverse stories. Emika Chen is Chinese-American, her love interest Hideo is Japanese, the Captain of her Warcross team is wheel-chair bound, and characters Roshan and Tremaine are gay. Lu's creation of Warcross and it's world-wide appeal within the story has allowed for her to include people of all nationalities and races. I found that intersectionality is a major element within Lu's story and it was very refreshing to read. It was very much representative of what today's world looks like and that's important for our youth.
Marie Lu has created a richly imagined virtual world that you won't ever want to leave. It's filled with passion and compassion, provides glimpses into what unresolved grief for a dead loved one can do to one's mind, and she infuses this story with enough complexity that makes it a must for all to read. Emika is an underdog that is resourceful and cunning, and her flaws just make her even more endearing. Warcross as a game is the perfect allegory for the emotional pull every gamer experiences when they are committed to the life of gaming. When a game is transplanted and takes over reality, you come to find that real life issues don't disappear, no matter how hard you try to escape. And with the grand-scale Warcross' platform has evolved into, you begin to see issues of hacking, murder, violence, gambling, and corruption become magnified 100 times over. Marie Lu has admitted Warcross is a love-letter paying homage to all of her favorite things. This book is a beautiful, richly colored, intense experience that I recommend all readers to embark on. Be sure to pick up Warcross as soon as you can, you won't regret it.
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.
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Ummm.. This is definitely different read and also quite amazing. I love the protagonist Emika Chen.Read more