Warcross

Warcross

Book - 2017
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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"--
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399547966
0399547967
Branch Call Number: YA LU
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 22 cm

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A teen hacker and bounty hunter who
tracks down rule breakers of a popular
alternate-reality game accidentally glitches
herself into a championship tournament,
where she becomes an overnight sensation
before being recruited as a spy.

After hacking into the Warcross Championships' opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game's creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.


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courtws
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!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 04, 2018

“Warcross isn’t just a game it’s a way of life”. Warcross was an amazing read and it is by far one of the best teen books I have read. It was a great book that made me want to keep reading and I am super excited for the sequel. Emika Chen is an eighteen-year-old bounty hunter that lives an ordinary life in New York City. Emika hunts criminals with the game Warcross. She and her roommate are struggling to pay their rent and they need money. On the day of the Warcross opening ceremony Emika hacks into the game to make some cash, but instead, it leaves her exposed to the whole world. Emika becomes scared thinking that she will be sent to jail, but instead, she is sent on a plane to Tokyo to meet Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross. Warcross is a great book and I recommend the book to anyone twelve and up. If you like Warcross then make sure you read the sequel coming out in the Fall of 2018. Rating- 5/5
- @readit12 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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red_horse_1707
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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KokoCat268
Jun 19, 2018

If you liked this book,I recommend Marie Lu's Legend and Young Elites Series!!

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bigcoweye
Mar 15, 2018

'Warcross' takes its readers on an ADVENTURE. You will VISIT places you didn't know you could IMAGINE, feel EMOTIONS in so many different ways, and even when you are done reading, you will still be thinking about 'Warcross'.

I'm not a big sci-fi person, but I had to read this book for school. I'm glad I did though. The description in this book is amazing. I could really picture all of the complex virtual Warcross worlds in my mind. Kudos to the author, Marie Lu. It must've been pretty hard to make the readers really see all of the technology that hasn't been invented yet and places they have never been to. I was always engrossed in this book, from beginning to end. It is scary yet amazing to think about all of the things that could happen to the real world someday that are reality in this book. 'Warcross' was slightly predictable, but still was very interesting. I felt that the ending was a bit open ended and rushed, but there will be a second book, so no surprise that all my questions weren't answered. As someone who doesn't always have their nose up a sci-fi book, I really enjoyed it. Not my favourite, but definitely worth my time. Again, I especially enjoyed the description. A good read for anyone interested in an adventure that you will not look away from until the book is done.

SPPL_TKBTeenChoice Mar 14, 2018

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense and fantasy books. The plot is very interesting and has no dull points. The main character develops and adjusts well to the major change in her life. I usually don’t read books about video games since I find them a bit depressing, this one wasn’t. --Claire, 15

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blue_cheetah_3825
Jan 02, 2018

This book is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KatG1983
Nov 22, 2017

I really liked the premise of the book (even if the game played in it is just a technologically advanced version of capture the flag); but felt the execution was off. The ending was rushed, and the moral conflict barely addressed. I suppose it's something the author wants to explore in book 2, but it felt like there was a lost opportunity here. In any case, it was a fine quick read, and I did like the protagonist... but it felt lacking in general.

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samrouthier
Nov 21, 2017

When I picked this book I felt much the same as the commenters. It sounded like a typical YA with well used tropes but within the first chapter I realized that I really liked Emika. I really liked all the characters. I'm looking forward to the next book. If you are a gamer girl you will like it. It's a fun short read, and a nice break between heavier books.

Beatricksy Oct 16, 2017

Feels manipulative beneath its colorful lights, being just a standard YA pile of tropes about exotic boys with accents and "unique" (eg, rainbow-hair'd) girls that are good at being damsel-y when the plot requires it. Other than the main two protagonists, the cast is forgettable, and the ramifications of immersive virtual reality are not addressed until the final ten pages of the book (and clumsily, at that). Predictable and sloggy, with bursts of entertainment but mostly verging on fetishistic Japanese nonsense. I WAS going to rag on the video game itself for being little more than a capture the flag game that somehow gets ALL the attention, but then my sister reminded me that Overwatch exists, so. I guess that part's not too far fetched.

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