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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]
ISBN: 9780399547966
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Lu
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 17, 2021

I loved seeing an Asian woman as the lead. How rare it is to see a reflection of yourself in the main character in this role. I had to read this book twice to love it. The first time, I hated the ending, but the second time, years later, I was able to move on to the second book and have more closure. Although, I may not have loved all the plot lines, I did not put the book down, hoping for all the best for Emika's story.

lgmosher Feb 14, 2021

So this book was good, right up until it counted.

It had its slow points, its parts that felt like you were crawling through mud on your stomach... In a downpour.

But that's only one of my qualms.

My biggest? Interchangeable characters. I HATE characters that act the same throughout the book. That respond the same way to things and all around have the same basic personality just with a few different kinks in them here and there.

That's what these characters were.

The entire concept was amazing, and most of the book was (characters interchangeability aside). I absolutely fell for Hideo, and yeah I guess I understand him falling for Emika.... But it happens all of a sudden there is no event that's like "up he's starting to fall in love with her" it's they meet, he sees her in a dress and BAM he wants her in all the ways.


I could have gotten past that if... IF the book didn't take a (poorly chosen) 180 at the end.

I mean, I was down to commit to the series when I knew Hideo was going to be there, but then he's made the bad guy and Lu tries to turn us on him (sorry hun, it didn't work for me. He's no dark one... But don't get me started on that)

All in all, I think there were a million different ways that things could have gone that would have been tremendously more entertaining than what was put out.

*Shrug* I'm sorry I'm not sorry

Jan 22, 2021

Warcross is another one of the well-written science fiction books written by Lu, and she masterfully uses foreshadowing to generate a constant tension across chapters and lead the reader on. Even with the constant hints that seem innocuous at first, the plot twists and turns in unexpected places and unexpected ways that fully utilize all of the backstory given in earlier passages. I think this book also has a good rhythm and flow, moving from one scene to another, sometimes diving into the details and other times moving forward quickly into the action.
As protagonist Emika Chen makes her way through a season of competitive gaming that she is suddenly thrown into, she is also entrusted to unravel a web of lies and deception that are embedded into the very code of the game she is playing. Attempting to solve a criminal kidnapping as part of her mission, she discovers the hidden intentions on both sides of the conflict and realizes that she has been manipulated into being a pawn for the warring forces taking over the physical and virtual world.
I would recommend this book for avid science fiction readers who are looking for a short yet striking series to start off.

Nov 28, 2020

Amazing, sci-fi classic. Very reminiscent of ready player one. The ending had me screaming but the second one had me crying by the end. Best book I've read in a long time!!

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

Warcross—a game that has captured the world’s imagination, with a fantasied of millions, and a game that has sparked an international competition, and created a world within a world. Within this world, Emika Chen ekes out a living as an in-game bounty hunter, catching down those who participate in illegal activities online. A hunger for money lands her in the Warcross Championships, and before she knows it, Emika has skyrocketed to internet fame--and tangled herself in an in-game conspiracy with potentially deadly consequences.

Perfect for fans of “Ready Player One,” Marie Lu’s gaming-centric YA series is not one to be missed. With a mix of nonstop action, a team of lovable characters, political intrigue and sci-fi thrills, “Warcross” will have readers and non-readers alike guessing until the final page.

HKK_Teen_Staff Apr 10, 2020

A fast-paced, imaginative scifi story. Make sure and have the sequel ready because you won't want to put this story down!

ArapahoeDax Apr 07, 2020

Well this was full of high action and tons of intrigue! Gotta love any character that has rainbow hair a full sleeve of tattoos, and is a kick butt hacker!!

sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
This definitely gave me Ready Player One vibes, which I really enjoyed. I loved the virtual environment of this world. The plot twist at the end was somewhat predictable--not intriguing enough to pull me into the sequel.

Aug 25, 2019

a very good book, whenever i have time i plan on reading book 2

LPL_MaryW Jul 20, 2019

Teen hacker, gamer girl, and bounty hunter Emika Chen lives in a world where ninety percent of the population plays Warcross, a virtual reality game created by wunderkind Hideo Tanaka. When Emika accidentally glitches herself into the opening game of the Warcross world championship, she grabs Hideo’s attention, and he promptly flies her to Tokyo to hunt down the mysterious person who’s been hacking Warcross like never before. But what she discovers will change her world, and the world of Warcross, forever. With romance, friendship, and suspenseful game play, this book kept me reading long past my bedtime. "Warcross" is a wild ride!

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Jul 10, 2020

Emika Chen lives in New York City and can barely pay her rent or buy food. She can’t find a legitimate paying job because of her criminal record, so she works as a bounty hunter tracking down criminals that are illegally betting on Warcross games. When she loses out on her latest bounty, Emika feels like giving up on everything. She decides to play Warcross to take her mind off her troubles. Emika is also a computer hacker and accidentally glitches herself into a championship game. She soon realizes that she can steal a valuable power-up that she could sell for big money. Unfortunately, when she steals the power-up she reveals her identity to the world. She is summoned by the game’s inventor to come to Tokyo and meet him. Emika is scared that she will be arrested but has no choice and goes to Tokyo. When she gets to Tokyo, she is offered a job to work undercover to find out who is sabotaging the Warcross games.


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Feb 01, 2018

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