Blogmas Day 25: Book Review – Warcross By Marie Lu

WarcrossWarcross By Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 353 pages
Published: September 12th 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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 Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. 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.

My Thoughts: So as I talked about in my WWW Wednesday post. Warcross was a book I picked up when doing Bookish Advent Calendar created By Becky @Uptown Oracle. Which is where you read the first chapter of a different book everyday leading up to Christmas. I picked this for one of those books. I enjoyed the first chapter that I decided I was going to continue with this.

I feel Warcross really ended up surprising me. It wasn’t on my radar which is why it took me so long to pick up. I am honestly so thankful I did the read the first chapter because I was instantly hooked. The book is super engaging from the start. I felt there was never a dull moment. I never was bored of anything that was happening in the story. I should have realized since it had to deal with video games and virtual reality.

I thought the main character was so fun and well written. She has rainbow hair and I am extremely jealous of that. I have always wanted to dye my hair some wild colors. She also is just extremely smart. She’s a hacker and also a bounty hunter which are very exciting jobs. It was fun reading about the things she would hack and her trying to deal with the shields other hackers and players put up. It never was easy for her.

Overall I thought this was such an action-pack read. It reminded of Ready Player One. They both deal with video games and virtual reality. The characters are fun and very different. There are so many twists and turns in this game. I felt like this could be made into an awesome movie. It did take me a bit of time to read because I had been so busy but if that wasn’t the case I would have finished this in probably a day or two. I never wanted to put the book down. I was bummed I waited so long to read it. I really wish I asked for the second one for Christmas because I want to see how the story is going to end. I hope to get my hands on it soon.


Have you guys ended up reading this book? If so what were your thoughts on it. If not, is this book on your TBR? Are you planning to read it? Let me know in the comments.


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