Warcross (Warcross Series #1)

Warcross (Warcross Series #1)

by Marie Lu


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Warcross 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marie Lu has done it again.I knew the moment I started reading the book that I would fall back into my craving for books. Warcross is an amazing book. I found the plot development very interesting, and the storyline incredibly satisfying, I have one SMALL criticism about just one part of the book, but I don't wanna give anything away. Overall I loved the book, and do not regret reading, even though it's already killing me knowing I have to wait for the second book to come out. I had very high hopes for this book when the synopsis first came out and by no means was I let down nor disappointed. 10/10 will need more
JulieZIKES More than 1 year ago
As a gamer and lover of diverse, rich stories, and sci-fi/fantasy, Warcross met all of my needs. I wasn't disappointed with Warcross. A colorful, punk bright exterior of a story with a strong, clever core complete with romance, a killer plot, and awesome ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read but with several pieces that are very predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It is so empowerig and beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aside from knowing immediately who Zero was, this was an excellent story. The well-imagined, just-around-the-corner world, engaging, fully-fleshed characters, and fast action combined to create a tale that drew me in and held my attention. If you enjoy intriguing characters and a fast-paced well-written story (particularly if you are a geek or a gamer), then you are guaranteed a great read. I’m looking forward to the next iteration in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started this I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, very different from what I normally read. I loved it! I am not a gamer but hooked on this series. I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best books I've ever read, I can't wait to see what the other books will be like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little predictable but with a good twist.
alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
I am sucked in (again) by the bandwagon train. Been hearing about this book for awhile now. And since the sequel came out last year, it's definitely been one of the series that people are watching out for. So I said, why not? The thing that definitely drawn me to this book is the setting is in Japan. And I love Japan. I have no problem riding the Japanese train! And I also noticed that I haven't read a sci-fi book in awhile. This book was quite dragging in the beginning. But at the same time interesting. You know the feeling, when you're riding a roller coaster, the beginning is so slow yet you still feel interested in riding it? That's how this book was. And once you get into the plot of the book. It was really good. I am a fan of all the characters in this book. Everybody was very well written, and they are not just one thing. I love that they are very human, and realistic. I like the main characters the best. Emika is such a wonderful character already, so going through the book is like a friend knowing her more. I am very enamored with the love story in the book. It's a good amount of innocent and steamy. And wow! Like any mystery, I made guesses on the mystery itself. I want to say more but I don't want to give away anything. But man! That was such a ride. I will definitely read more of the series!
JLAustin More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure how I would like this book because I'm not that into video games, but it was fantastic. I knew Lu would deliver a good book, because she's such a phenomenal writer, but I really connected with Emika, and even with Hideo, and the resolution was pretty fantastic. I could say I "saw it coming" but I didn't. I had some mild suspicions, but the end result was still unexpected and a fantastic reveal. Can't wait for the sequel!
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun, wild ride. Marie Lu is an expert at building interesting, multi-layered stories that keep you on your toes, and WARCROSS is no different. I was triple-guessing everything in the story at every turn, and I’m SUPER excited for the next one in this series.
ArianaS More than 1 year ago
WOAH! I should start this out by saying I've always thought I wasn't a huge fan of science fiction; but really the truth is, I just hadn't read this book yet. Boy, let me tell you, this is a dang good science fiction book! There wasn't one dull moment and everything that happened in this book was just so captivating. ---Writing Style--- I've got to start this off with the fact that I really love Marie Lu's writing style! This is the first book that I've picked up by her and just by reading chapter one I was hooked. Everything just flows so well and creates a vivid image in my mind. There are times when reading this book that you read over something and later realize that it would make for one amazing quote. She has a way of twisting words and making them have deeper meanings and it's just pure magic. I can fairly say that Marie Lu is now one of my favorite authors and I will for sure be checking out her other books. ---Plot--- The idea of this story is so interesting in the first place. I can't say that I've ever read, or even heard of a book about virtual worlds like this or bounty hunters. It's just so freaking cool. It was very interesting to learn how the virtual reality of it worked and also how it came to be. Of course, horrible backstories had a part in it, nonetheless, pure genius! Not only was the plot of this super original but it was done so unbelievably well. ---Characters--- Any book that has a main character with rainbow-colored hair and a name like Emika is instantly going to strike intrigue! I really liked Emika as a character, she was lots of fun to read about and I loved seeing her progress and get successful from this game. There probably could have been slightly more character development but she was still a really great character to read about. All of the side characters (such as her team) were so fun to read about! They all had very different personalities and the diversity in this book was great! Not to mention, they all really worked well together and it was great to read about them in the game of Warcross. I loved Hideo so much. His character development was really great, he went from being super closed off to open (thanks to Emika). I feel for him with his backstory and really just love his personality all around. Even at the end, when some not so great stuff is revealed about him, I still love him and am slightly cheering him on. It was so hard to really understand that what he was doing was wrong because it could really go either way. I was really just hoping that Emika would be alright with it and they'd just live happily ever after, but ya know, its YA science fiction so of course there has to be some conflict with that. I totally understand it, but I desperately need more, so come on Marie Lu, give me more!
BillBlume More than 1 year ago
Warcross had me up late reading multiple nights. It deserves the five stars. For this review, I'm gonna nitpick a few things, but only because this book is so damn good that it can take it. First off, I'm mad at my past self for taking this long to read Marie Lu. "Past self, you're an idiot! Why aren't you reading Marie Lu?!" While this book hits the ground running, the scene that really won me over was the first Warcross match with Emika competing as a member of the Phoenix Riders. Writing action scenes is hard. What Marie Lu accomplishes in the first game of the tournament for Emika is amazing. Action scenes are hard enough to write, because they rarely advance the story within the scene itself. Not a problem for Marie Lu. On top of that, writing an action scene within a virtual reality setting is even harder, because usually, the only real thing at stake is pride. Marie Lu gets over that hurdle with room to spare. I will admit that the championship match-up at the end didn't quite hit that same high note for me, though. I think part of that had to do with the vague rules of a fight scene in a virtual world. A gripe that I'll try to make as vague as possible to keep it non-spoilery is the master plan of the bad guy (using the term loosely, and when you read the book, you'll understand why). Once again, this goes to the issues of using a virtual reality as part of the setting. The championship tournament is the key to distributing some mysterious code into all the billions of viewers and it only kicks in at the end of the game. It's a tad "Bond villainous" when it seems this could be accomplished just as easily by planting it in a software update. Overall, the integration of the virtual world into the real world is brilliantly handled. Marie Lu makes me both eager as hell to live in a world like this and equally horrified at the implications. I can totally see Warcross usurping the Super Bowl as the biggest sports tournament of the year (that breaks the heart of my inner football fan just a bit). I'm so eager to see what happens to this world in the second book. One aspect of the world building that left me a bit confused was what happens with the body of the player when they are fully immersed into the virtual reality. At one point, when going to the "Dark World" (and, folks, Emika's first trip there in the book is so damn cool), Emika describes all these physical moves she's making to grab something from another user at one point, but then she adds that in the real world how she's typing all this code to accomplish this. I'm not clear how that works if she's fully integrated into the game world. Surely, you don't want your body flailing around while playing the game (and it clearly doesn't), so not sure about this. In many ways, this book reminds me of the anime Sword Art Online, which also spends the majority of its time in a virtual game world while including real-world stakes. Fans of that anime will also love this book, and for those turned off of Sword Art Online by the more overtly misogynistic elements, you'll love this book even more. My five star rating was a tough call, but I can't rationalize giving it only four. The end of this book delivers a twist that leaves a lot of unanswered questions. The book acknowledges that, and I think it's fair to say that if the sequel(s) doesn't provide a successful set of answers to explain everything, it kind of taints this first book.
CJListro More than 1 year ago
This is going to be a review of gushing, hyperbole, and adjectives. As someone who loves video games, diverse stories, and sci-fi (but who is always desperately in search of more sci-fi books), I knew Warcross was going to be a winner. I wasn't disappointed. Like the author, inside a shiny superfun rainbow package is a deviously clever core. With a vibrant main character (not least because of her hair), a dazzling neon cyber-world with a sinister underbelly, a steamy romance, and a breakneck plot, Warcross rockets you through breathtaking rollercoaster loops and smacks you with an ending shock that leaves you clawing for more. Lu has a rare command of both characters and world, with some exceptions. Our MC, Emika, is a snarky Chinese computer whiz whose personality leaps off the page as vividly as her rainbow-colored hair. She's as fierce as Katniss, with a similar edge. Hideo is a Japanese genius playboy worthy of Bruce Wayne's mantle. They spark against each other like flint, their relationship intense and complicated. Unfortunately, the secondary characters don't burn as brightly. I loved Tremaine, the snarky bad-boy hacker and Emika's rival, but Emika's teammates were a little too subdued for people who played such important roles. Even if the main characters had been cardboard, the world was enough to draw me in. Lu crafts an atmosphere with the punch and lightning of old school Nintendo on acid. With precise, evocative descriptions, she renders a futuristic cyber technicolor Wonderland that I'd die to play in. It's a world where virtual reality is layered over physical reality, where you get points for going to the grocery store, where you can slip into fantasy playgrounds with the touch of a button. She gives enough detail about the platform, Neurolink, to seem scientifically plausible, without going into so much detail that the science begins to break down. On this stage, Lu takes the intersection between life and video games to its logical conclusion. The battle game Warcross is something that I could easily see being a real game; Lu's game designer roots are obvious in its intricacy. I was just as enthralled by the descriptions of Warcross battles in the grand tournament as I was with the underlying mystery: who's the hacker Zero and why does he want to take down Warcross? Lu also plays around with the dark side of technology, including an extra-sinister Dark Web that's actually a 3D black market. And the final twist...it's too much of a spoiler to say, but it elevates Warcross from fun cyber adventure to dark cyberpunk thriller with one punch. I won't say Warcross is a perfect book. The side characters get kind of shafted, and the central romance moves a little fast. However, the main characters and the world itself are so intensely vivid that you almost have to squint from the strobelight. I rode Warcross's wave on a rave-like high and crossed the final page with vicious book hangover. It left me with so many questions and theories, so much anticipation. I can't wait to jump back into Lu's technicolor Tokyo and follow Emika as she contends with the dark side of virtual reality. in a sentence Warcross is a vibrant science-fiction thriller that riffs on video game technology to spin a cyberpunk mystery adventure that will leave you reeling.
xokristim More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I’ve read by Marie Lu, and boy I should have jumped on her bandwagon much sooner! I went into this book thinking “Ready Player One”, which is a book I absolutely adored. I was pleasantly surprised, I got those vibes with the in game play, but it is its own unique story. I loved the world-building, in game and out of game. At times during the Warcross Championship I felt like I was there trying to help my team win. The character development was amazing. I really enjoyed getting back stories on what I would consider the two main characters. I also loved that it wasn’t thrown at you, it was given in time like we were gaining their trust. I also loved each character, even the ones I wanted to dislike. They all were just perfect pieces to this puzzle. Emi was such a unique character, a bounty hunter, hacker, and an amazing Warcross player. Tanaka was mysterious enough at first to really draw me into his life. I wanted to know everything I could about him, just like Emi. Overall this book completely blew me away! From start to finish I was on the edge of my seat, needing to know what was going to happen next. I’m not a huge gamer, but I understood what was going on and I thought that was super helpful. I highly recommend this book to everyone… just go read it and thank me later. Also I must note after reading this I immediately got the Legend Trilogy, that’s how much I loved Marie Lu’s writing style and story development.
Marleene More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, I read Marie Lu’s Legend serier and hated it. I hated everything about it, the writing, the story, the execution. I did force myself to finish the trilogy, but when I was finished I just had this feeling of wishing I’d done something better with that time. So, when her second trilogy came out, I didn’t read it. I don’t like Marie Lu’s writing, I told myself. So, when I heard that a new book was coming out, I didn’t pay much attention. Then, that odd colorful cover got me interested. It was ugly, sort of 80s-style, but still great and still spiked my interest. I read the blurb, I liked the premise. As a gamer and geek myself, I felt drawn to the story. So, when I got the chance though NetGalley to read an ARC if Warcross, I leaped at the chance. But life happened, and it took me a while to get to it. But when I started, I couldn’t stop. And I loved the book. Marie Lu has created a character that you instantly connect to, you care about her and want her to do well. She’s well developed and I really like the fact that Emika knows who she is from the beginning. This is not a story of a weak girl finding herself though silly juvenile mistakes. This is a story of a strong girl who knows who she is and what she can do. The worldbuilding in this story is also great, and I felt like I was in Tokyo as I was reading. The way she had developed the virtual world was believable, and I felt like Marie Lu knows what she’s writing about here. I can’t find much that is wrong with this story and I really want to read the next part of this series. There are a few mistakes, and a few plot holes in the version I read, but since I read and ARC of Warcross, I’m not going to let that take away from my rating. So, all I can say is: Read this book! A clear five stars from me on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Set in a futuristic world where video games and real life interface, Emika, a seventeen year old bounty hunter, faces a moment of temptation that will change her life forever. During the Warcross World Championships Emika hacks the game in a way that shows her face to the world and she goes from on the edge of homeless to world famous and a wild card entry into the Championships. Hideo Tanaka is the child genius who invented glasses that interfaces his Warcross video game with real life. When Emika hacks his game he offers her a job as bounty hunter and gives her entrance into the Championships to work as his spy. I do not play video games and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get into this book because of that but I shouldn’t have worried. The world Marie Lu created was vivid, had amazing energy, and painted a 3-D picture for me to visualize and engage with. The games themselves were exciting, the action well written and Emika’s thought process as she deconstructed play exciting. I loved the game! There was plenty of action to keep this book moving along at a fast pace, and when the action slowed down Emika’s relationship with Hideo painted the page with soft brush strokes. I didn’t know if I liked the fast paced gaming or the slower paced relationship better. .
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Warcross" begins a fantastic new YA series from Marie Lu. Fans of the Legend trilogy will rejoice in this new, exciting series! Although the situations and settings are different in this book, they are heavily reminiscent of the Legend trilogy (which I loved) and although carry some gravity, the themes are a lot lighter than the Elites trilogy. Here, we follow Emika, a talented hacker who is struggling to make ends meet- largely because of her criminal history. Emika is on the verge of eviction from her apartment, which will thrust her into homelessness. After her last failed attempt at catching a criminal and securing the bounty for catching him, Emika is desperate. When watching a Warcross match, she seizes an opportunity to test a new hack where she can steal a power-up right before it is used. In doing so, she glitches herself into the game and enters the world stage. Warcross is a virtual reality game played by almost everyone on the planet. The game was created by Hideo (a young inventor) to show what his virtual reality NeuroLink glasses could do, but it quickly launched on its own to rapid popularity. After she glitches into the game, on the verge of the world championships, Hideo recruits Emika for a special job- to help him to catch a hacker (Zero) that is endangering the world championships. Emika's world completely changes overnight as she deals with her new-found fame and her new task. The book is perfectly paced to introduce Emika, reveal the game and stakes, and to give us some insight into Hideo. The games we get to "watch" are fascinating and easy to follow- incredibly clever and imaginative, quickly getting us involved in the suspense. Lu has really captured me with this new series, and I cannot wait for the next book! All of her books are really fantastic, and this one is no different- I just wish I had the rest of the series now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
WhatANerdGirlSays More than 1 year ago
***REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED ON WHAT A NERD GIRL SAYS*** 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.
ilanac13 More than 1 year ago
I don't know how our author does it - yet another amazingly different series - with a basis in something htat doesn't even resemble the other series.  It's such a great next step. The world that we're in now is one in the future where virtual reality is a way to escape life and it's a necessary thing for Emi who's now 18, alone in the world (her father died and her mother left years ago) and she's in so much debt that she doesn't know what's going to happen next.  As a bounty hunter, that's her way to make some money since she can't quite get a job after a hacking situation that got her arrested years ago.  That same hacking is what's about to save her life. Warcross is the biggest thing in the world - a game that you can go pro playing and there's a world championship each year where you can see the best of the best play in a team situation.  Emi hacks into the game just to get a high value power-up that she can sell on the black market and ends up hacking into the game itself - causing all sorts of problems.  In doing that, her life changes forever. Her identity which she had worked so hard to keep secret is revealed to the whole world, she's not in the press, and she gets a call from Hideo Tanaka - the creator of the game  - which she fears means her life is over.  Quite the opposite. Hideo is an interesting character - 18, has demons and ghosts of his own, but the most successful man in the world through the development of his neurlink glasses which allow players to play the game and even see the entire world in VR.  Its intense to think about actually.  He brings Emi to Tokoyo becuase he needs her help and her ability to hack into the game shows that maybe she's the one who can do it. There's someone called 'Zero' who's been hacking into the game and collecting data, and Hideo needs to stop him since he doesn't know what the end game is.  He hires Emi as a hacking bounty hunter of sorts (along with some others) who he will put into the tournament in the hopes that they can figure out who Zero is. Through the tournament, we get to meet a lot of characters that make the story so much better.  Emi is put on the Pheonix's - a team made up of 3 experienced players and 2 wild cards - herself and DJ Ren.  (a well known DJ).  We start to see how close the friendships are with the players and how that really keeps things going.  especially with the competitive nature of all the other teams. Where this story goes is an interesting journey.  We don't know who to trust - and we don't know who's on what side.  The friendships that grow are great and the secrets that live within Emi tear them apart.  We see an interesting romance begin and it's something that you really root for since it humanizes a few people, but of course there's a lot at stake for that relationship to continue. When we learn the identity of Zero (through a glitch) (mind you i kind of figured this one out earlier on).  we see that what we thought we knew of the hack is something completely different.  The world at the end of the book is nothing like it was when we started and it's now up to a few to change the course of actions already set in motion in the hopes of saving everyone on the world. I'm so bummed that book 2 isn't out already because this was really amazing to read - especially from Marie Lu - but i'll be patient.  
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Young Readers Group for the opportunity to read and review Warcross by Marie Lu! Emi is a young bounty hunter that lives on her own. She desperately needs a bounty or she's going to be evicted from her apartment in less than three days. She's smart enough and quick enough to capture a criminal for the police but they give the money to someone else! She goes back to her apartment, despondent, and resigns herself to enjoying the last hours she has with a roof over her head. She hacks into Warcross and her image shows up in the internationally played and viewed game. This catches the eye of the Warcross creator, Hideo, who gives Emi a very well-paid job offer. I appreciate that Marie Lu lets readers know, through dialogue, the correct pronunciation of Hideo's name. I have heard many students/library patrons discuss name pronunciations in the past, unsure of how to say the name. The game background descriptions are detailed and aesthetic while the game is action-packed and the stakes raise higher and higher for the characters. 5 stars for a new sci-fi read from Marie Lu! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary consideration.
Sim Joanne More than 1 year ago
Professional gaming, female hacker, VRMMORPG, augmented reality, bounty hunter, Tokyo, Japan… I’m totally sold!!! This novel alone encompasses all the things I love and I know I have to get my hands on this novel once it’s released. Firstly, I would like to give a huge thank you to Penguin Group and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this arc in exchange for an honest review. I love you Penguin Group! ❤ ❤ I’ve never read any of Marie Lu’s books before and Warcross is the 1st. Nonetheless, I’m completely blown away by the world, characters, and plot. This novel is amazing and utterly captivating. The descriptive texts immerse me into the world of Warcross and the shimmery landscape of Tokyo, Japan. As an avid gamer myself, Marie did a great job in explaining the mechanics of Warcross to the readers. I’m hooked right from the beginning. Usually, a 400+ page long novel will take me at least 2 days to finish but I finished Warcross in less than a day. I was literally devouring every single page in the novel. XD Emika is a lovable character. I love how she sticks to her beliefs and doesn’t get swayed easily by other people. I should really learn that from her… Though Emika is a really good hacker, she isn’t arrogant and knows her own limitation and boundaries. I like how Marie shows the characters traits and abilities through the use of action rather than words. We all know Emika is an excellent hacker and Hideo is a child prodigy, but it is the kind of hacking Emika does and the numerous tools which Hideo invents that show their true abilities and make readers appreciate their talents. The reason why I’m knocking off 1 star is that I already anticipated the twists even before they occur. As such, I’m not really mind blown by any of the twists. I shall not name any since I wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers. Even so, the major cliff hanger at the end did get me. Thank you, Marie Lu for writing such an amazing read and for getting me out of my dreaded reading slump. I love you! *insert a million hearts* This is by far, one of the best books I’ve read this year. I will definitely be re-reading Warcross again once I get my hands on the finished copy. I’m so ready for the 2nd novel in the duology. XD *psst* Someone please make Warcross a reality. I would love to play this game!
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
WARCROSS was an action-packed, imaginative, and gripping story that I fell in love with from the very first page. I loved the concept of the WARCROSS game itself, and I couldn't help thinking how much I wanted to be able to be a player myself while I was reading. The tech in this book is gorgeous and futuristic enough to feel fantastical yet not so far out there as to not feel plausible. The tournament is so much fun. The stakes are incredibly high, which makes the scenes where the players are in the game so intense and definitely gets the reader's blood pumping. The romance in this book absolutely sizzles. There is fantastic chemistry between the two characters and some seriously swoony moments. The villain is mysterious, brilliant, and definitely a match for the brilliant Emika. I think the ending of this one will get some mixed reviews, but I LOVED it. There's some fantastic twists that I certainly didn't see coming, and the ending was unlike anything I've seen done in YA fiction before. It doesn't fall in line with the usual tropes. It was original and definitely left me anxiously awaiting the next book.