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Warcross by Marie Lu

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Warcross by Marie Lu is amazing. I read this book last year but recently did a reread so I thought I would write a review this time around. I absolutely adore this book and I think if you are a person that loves video games then you will like it too.

When I read Warcross the first thought I had was, wasn’t there a planet that Lu wrote about in Champion that described this exact thing? Did you catch that?

The game of Warcross is absolutely brilliant. Honestly I feel like this really could be our world someday. This game created a world for everyone. If you were paralyzed in the real world, you would have working legs in the virtual world. Warcross helped family members speak to those that were in a coma. There is so much excitement around this technology. There are so much possibilities that a gamer could come up with in this world. There are places you can visit and go too. Really I wish I could just grab some glasses and join in on the fun.

Emika is our main character. She is a former foster kid that ended up in jail. Her father was her everything until he passed away when she was young. Emika is a college drop out with rainbow hair and lots of tattoos. I bring up her hair and tattoos mainly because it makes Emika….well Emika. It is a big part of who she is.

Emika is an amazing hacker. In ordr to earn money, she is a bounty hunter for hire. After an actual hack puts her into the Warcross games, she gets flown in to be a wild card for the game. Being a wildcard is really just a cover as Emika has been hired by Hideo to be a spy and a protector. Emika gets thrown into a dangerous plot to overtake Warcross.

Hideo is the creator of Warcross. He is a well-dressed, very rich, young CEO that pretty much has everything…everything but his little brother who disappeared. Hideo’s whole life is about finding his little brother. Things start to happen between Hideo and Emika and all you can do is cheer for them and wish that everything works out.

Lu has a way of drawing you in and becoming addicted. This story will take over your life because you will not be able to get anything done until you finish it. Then that ending people!!!! It will leave you desperate for more!  I felt like it was a great ending but it left me needing book two ASAP. Lu’s writing is amazing and you won’t be able to get enough of it. This book is so perfect that you need to read it right away. I am sorry that it took me so long to get a review out. I have been busy pushing this book on everyone I know.

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)
I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

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