Warcross – Marie Lu

A game called Warcross takes the world by storm. For the millions who log in everyday, it isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life.


Teenage hacker Emika Chan is struggling to make ends meet. She works as a bounty hunter, tracking those who illegally bet on the game. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a huge risk and hack the opening game of the International Warcross Championships, but she ends up glitching herself into the game and makes herself an overnight sensation by accident.

Emika is convinced she’s going to be arrested, but she ends up getting a call from the creator of Warcross – Hideo Tanaka-, a young billionaire. He has an irresistible offer for her. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament to uncover a security problem.. and he wants Emika to fulfill that job. Emika gets 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.

“Every locked door had a key. Every problem has a solution.”


“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact.”


After reading (and loving) Legend (shush, have yet to finish the trilogy), I was very curious about this book! A lot of people were very hyped about this book. When all the hype continued after its release (as in, it probably lives up to most of the hype), I decided to pick the book up. Keep in mind that that was back in September, and I ended up reading it in December. But I read it in the end? That is what counts right?


Emika is a main character I enjoyed reading about; smart, quite independent and good in what she does. So yeah, I really loved that.

However, the book also contained stuff I really disliked, which was the romance in this book. Why, you may (or may not) ask? It screamed cliché YA at me. And it was even worse than that. It was something the book didn’t need at all. There was no spark between the characters. It made me roll my eyes so much I got headaches while reading.

The book ended up being mostly predictable, but there were some unexpected elements. Which I always love in books. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would for sure recommend this one. I also loved the mix between a game and a world. I mean, it could be our future?


I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.


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