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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.
There’s a quote on the back of the hardcover from Amie Kaufman that says that this is the best book from Marie Lu yet and I feel like that line completely nails the book. I have been reading Marie Lu since I picked up Legend over four years ago because a friend recommended it to me. I have always thought she was a fantastic writer and she proves it once again with this novel.
I was hooked from page one, and that’s not a lie. It immediately felt like a mix of The Hunger Games meets World of Warcraft and Overwatch. It’s our world but not. It’s both incredibly familiar and so different. It reminded me a little bit of Ready Player One but I liked this one even more than I liked RPO, and I super loved RPO.
The one thing I always admire from Marie is her ability to write diverse books without making it feel like its forced. It just works and I appreciate that from the beginning. She also has this ability to write such dynamic characters. I immediately loved Emika but I also adored Ash and Hammie and the rest of them. She makes each character seem so real and when the characters are real, the rest of the story falls so into place.
What I love is how it feels like a mix of the things I mentioned above but it stands on its own. I get Hunger Game vibes in the crazy game world that Emika is brought into. The teams and the parties and the fans, it feels like the capitol in Panem except, you know, there aren’t a bunch of children going to die. Its captivating to have this huge, virtual game that people play all over the world, that they live in and that it becomes the life for many people. I love that the players get famous and have fans, its like it is now kind of with YouTube and Twitch. But I love how you see the characters deeper than that; this character uses this to pay her rent, some use it to support their family, some use it to escape what the reality they face. It’s so freakin’ interesting and I can understand why people would be immediately in love with Warcross and what its capable of. It’s so much more than the game.
But besides the game, I love the relationship between Emika and her teammates, Emika and Hideo, Emika and the world. Its sort of her against the world, even when it seems like she’s working with others and her wit and intelligence and determination to take care of herself and get the job done for Hideo is amazing. She’s a total badass, fighting in the international championships in this game, getting better at it in order to blend in and get her team further along, but also hacking into others’ accounts and trying to sniff out a pretty legit hacker.
I can’t wait for the next book. I honestly did not predict the ending that happened and I can’t wait to see more coming. I did have an inkling to who Zero, aka the hacker, was and I was right about that but the motives and everything that unfolds at the end was a complete surprise to me and damn, Marie Lu does that to me. I can’t wait to get to the new book because I’m guessing that there are a lot more surprises and action in store.
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