Warcross by Marie Lu | REVIEW


WarcrossWarcross by Marie Lu (Warcross #1)
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books on September 12th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

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 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.


The Review


Warcross by Marie Lu is a new sci-fi young adult novel about a virtual reality video game in the near future. Emika Chan is a bounty hunter in New York. It’s her job to catch the players that are illegally betting on Warcross matches. Helping the police she tails them until they are captured for a monetary reward. But times are tough and Emika is now faced with an eviction notice. With nothing else to lose she accidentally hacks her way into one of the biggest matches of Warcross ever. 

I highly enjoyed this one. I am a huge Marie Lu fan and I can now add Warcross to one of my favorites. I’m not much of a gamer, so I won’t talk too much about the game schematics. But let me tell you about the characters and the plot.  

Lu knows how to create believable characters that are equally as heroic as they are flawed. Emika is a good example for this one. She is down on her luck in New York City. With nothing else to lose she hacks her way into the game and gets noticed by the young CEO. From there she gets employed by him to stop an even bigger hacker on the loose in the game. She was such a fun character; I really enjoyed her narrative. I know from reading other people’s reviews that they really liked the relationship between Emi and the Hideo. I did not. As much as I liked her, I didn’t like her with him. 

 The story and the world that Lu created was magnificent. It was such a refreshing take on the genre that left me wanting more. From the futuristic world, to the game schematics. (I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what was going on half the time in the game though). Bu besides that, Warcross was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to continuing with the series and seeing where the story takes us.

Let me know what you guys thought of Warcross by Marie Lu! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Jesse Nicholas Sig



Marie LuMARIE LU writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, she was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an Art Director at a video game company. Now she shuffles around at home and talks to herself a lot. 🙂

She graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently lives in LA, where she spends my time stuck on the freeways.




  1. This was actually my first ever Marie Lu book, but also one of the first ever books that I pre-ordered! And I was so glad that I did. I have to say that her writing style is right up my alley. I couldn’t fault a thing about it and I’m so looking forward to reading more of her books.
    The sequel of Warcross is already on my wishlist, but I’m definitely going to buy her other books as well!

    Love your review!

    [As for the gaming schematics; I could picture everything just fine, but I get that people who aren’t that – or at all – into gaming, could see it flying above their head without being able to grasp it.. Pity really! However, this is one of those books that I might want to see a movie adaption of. I’d love to see what they’d do with it.]


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