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"When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780399547966
Characteristics: 353 pages
Alternative Title: War cross


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spl_teens Jan 05, 2018

Marie Lu's thrilling "Warcross" is both a spy story and an adventure fiction involving Internet games and computer crime. 353 pages.

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Mar 09, 2019

Amazing read. Not really for you if you're going for a in-depth strong story, but is great if you want fun, fast read. I'm really excited for the sequel, as Marie Lu once again fails to disappoint. Overall, I give this book a 10/10 and a "Would Strongly Recommend Reading" review.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Slightly predictable, but still suspenseful. A detailed and virtual world with well-developed characters and a fascinating ethical dilemma. I love Marie Lu's writing style.

Dec 25, 2018

3.5 stars. think i checked out/renewed this book from the library several times before it floated to the top of my rotation. when i finally read it, it was really fun. you can see the comparisons to ready player one and why it is being made into a movie.
it’s always a relief when the japanese elements are authentic. audiobook narrator was wonderful.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 06, 2018

This was one of my favorite YA books of 2017, despite the fact that, prior to reading, I would have said I didn't care one bit about VR, video games, etc. Marie Lu has created a totally convincing futuristic world -- one that seems close enough to our own reality to feel eerie -- and the plot is twisty, the characters memorable, and the pacing relentless. The best news of all: the sequel, Wildcard, is a totally satisfying conclusion to the story -- I'd recommend reading both back-to-back, as it's really just a single, long story.

SnoIsleLib_LoisH Oct 22, 2018

From the author of The Legend Trilogy comes a new science-fiction series centered around Warcross, a fictional Virtual Reality game. Featuring a clever and dynamic heroine, this series opener is thrilling, thought-provoking, and even a touch romantic. Come for the video games and stay for the international intrigue.

JCLChrisK Sep 18, 2018

Excellent, non-stop action and adrenaline. This is one you don't want to put down. I found the novel's three elements--hacker intrigue, game clashes, and mysterious romance--didn't ever quite mesh, with some plot and logic holes resulting. But if you're willing to suspend your disbelief, it's a fun ride.

Aug 30, 2018

This is very much outside my wheelhouse, but I couldn't put it down. Get through the exposition and immerse yourself in this fast-paced, wildly imaginative thriller.

Jul 06, 2018

Goodness, what a page turner. Even though halfway through I had a pretty good idea of what the conclusion would be, I just had to keep reading to see if I was right, and of course as soon as I found out there's a sequel I had to get on the waiting list for when it comes out at the local library. Marie Lu's writing is captivating. This story is as good a read as (maybe even better than?) the three-part YA Legend series (which I read quickly and which sparked my interest in reading all Lu's other books.) LOVE strong female protagonists with their backs against the wall. While I'm not of the gaming generation, I can still appreciate great storytelling in this sort of dystopian world, and my teenage daughter borrowed this book from me and finished it in one sitting before I could. Huge fan. Great fast-paced summer read. Librarian recommended. More please!

Jul 04, 2018

I really enjoyed Warcross. It’s a perfect book if you’re into video games, a little bit of sci-fi and coding. It’s full of plot twists, action and some small amounts of romance. The characters feel so perfect and real, and there is a lot of really great character development. The entire plot keeps you hooked on every page, taking twists at every page. Honestly, this book is amazing, and I’m really excited to read the sequel. The gaming portion of Warcross is so interesting, and I think Marie Lu absolutely nailed the gaming and structure of the Warcross game. I’m pretty sure if I could play Warcross myself, I’d be hooked. The entire concept of the story is phenomenal and exceptionally well written. I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend Warcross to anyone who loves great stories, sci-fi, gaming, coding, or plot twists. 100/5 (or 5/5 if that’s not allowed) @libretto of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I really enjoyed this book by Marie Lu, who is also an author of another sci-fi series “Legend”. It is a kind of book that you could easily read for long periods of time, without putting it down. It is about a teen girl who glitches the game, then she is hired by that game developer to catch a hacker who may try to disrupt the game and create chaos in it. The plot twists in this book are great, but the final, unexpected turn of events is pretty incredible. The book also incorporated elements of mystery novel that keep the reader engaged up till the very end. This style of writing keep the reader engaged and makes that book a true page-turner. I would recommend this book for teens as well as any fan of sci-fi drama. 5 stars. @wolfteen of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

In Emika Chen’s world, the virtual reality game Warcross has taken over society, giving players an opportunity to compete for a chance at money and fame. After the death of her father and four months in Juvenile detention, Emika finds herself in growing debt. It’s not until Emika experiences a glitch while hacking the game that she’s given the chance to endless riches. The catch? Track down a mysterious hacker named Zero before he takes down the Warcross empire. Warcross is definitely one of those books that you just can’t put down. I really liked the build up with Hideo, and I really liked him up until that ending. This might have just been a me thing, but I kept mixing up all the teammates names, making it really confusing towards the end. Not to mention the plot with his brother was so brutally obvious to me that when it was finally revealed it wasn’t all that surprising. These little mishaps aside, I really did enjoy this book and would recommend to anyone looking for a new science fiction/dystopian novel. 4.5 Stars @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 24, 2018

Super good book. There is a sequel called Wild Card but the library doesn't have it as far as I know.

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