Hey everyone! So excited to have a post on this amazing book. Really, everyone should pre-order it stat! I have loved Marie Lu ever since her Legend trilogy, which was cemented with her Young Elites trilogy. WARCROSS is my favorite. And I get to build a fictional team to play WARCROSS!
Goodreads Book Description: From #1 New York Times
bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world
by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.
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 players who bet on the game illegally.
But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not
been easy. Needing 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.
In this sci-fi
thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an
immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the
biggest gamble of all.
My rating: 5 out of 5 couches (can I give it 6??)
My review: Holy
cow. This book had a lot of hype and I was super excited for it, so it
had to fail, right? My expectations rarely live up to reality when they
are that high.
Well, Marie Lu proved me wrong. This book is
fantastic and deserves all the hype. Warcross stars Emi, who is a
starving, impoverished Bounty Hunter, just trying to make ends meet in a
world where a virtual reality game has taken over. The game is sort of a
mashup of Quidditch meets Mario Go Kart and everyone is plugged in to
see the championship game... and then Emi does something crazy that gets
her unwanted attention across the globe.
If you were like me and
didn't really read the synopsis because I just wanted the entire ride,
hopefully this keeps things vague enough-- you get more spoiled in the
synopsis. Emi is a great character, and I was rooting for her the whole
way. She has some flaws, which come into play later in the book, where
she makes some questionable decisions, but this just makes her more
human. Hideo, the creator of WARCROSS, is sexy, mysterious, and
compelling. The rest of the cast is wonderful as well but I won't talk
too much about them as I want the reader to figure it out for
The game itself is amazing and the world they are
in-- the virtual reality-- is just detailed so beautifully by Lu. I
found myself slowing down although it was the most fast paced read I've
had in a while, just so I could see the scenery, and that NEVER happens
(I'm a dialogue/character reader not a description reader).
has several aces up her sleeve. There was one I guessed pretty early on,
but there was another I never guessed at all. And even when I guessed
the answer, I still don't know exactly what is going on and I'm dying to
find out. You won't find out all the secrets in this book, so we will
all have to wait for the next installment.
Overall, my favorite
read of the year thus far, and definitely on my list of top books ever. I
think I love this book more than her other two series and that's saying
a lot because I really really really loved those as well. Lu is a
standout, and she'll continue to dominate the NYT bestseller list for
years to come!
OK now for my team that I would like to #PlayWARCROSS
Team Captain - Kestrel from the Winner's Curse trilogy. YA Wednesdays had her as the Architect, which I think she would be amazing at, but I would even have her as the Team Captain because she can see the big picture and make key strategic decisions.
Architect - Hermione from Harry Potter, who else? Hermione is a puzzle solver. She proved that over and over again, and given a task, she figures out how to solve it. She would be perfect in this role.
Thief - Gen from The Thief. What better thief than a master thief? Gen would be ideal.
Shield - Peeta from Hunger Games. I select him because he looks out for everyone else other than himself and sacrifices for the greater good.
Fighter - Wonder Woman from the movie (And probably Warbringer but I haven't read it yet). Um, did you see the scene where she went across the battlefield with just her shield?? I would want her fighting on my side for sure!
What's your #PlayWARCROSS team?