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.
Review | I’m sure you’ve been hearing about Warcross since… forever, now 😂 I’ve received the eARC a long time ago and usually when I receive books, I try to read them in a chronological order depending on which book I’ve received first. Now with this book, I decided to break the rule only because it was EVERYWHERE. I’d open WordPress, Youtube, Instagram, Goodreads and I’d find people raving about it. So in my mind, it was like:
And I just HAD to find out what it was all about! ASAP! I was reading many books at the time and I just abandoned all of them to focus on Warcross and boy was it a GREAT decision! I had never read anything by Marie Lu although I was planning to because I’ve seen mad reviews about her Young Elites trilogy. I was craving something that was action-packed and that’s exactly what I got!
First of all, through one book, Marie Lu has managed to do so much! It had the right dosage of mystery, of sci-fi and even of romance (even though I was not a big fan of the latter)! But the world-building though… It all revolves around the world-building for me because it was AMAZING. I remember that whenever I’d put the book down, I’ve started imagining life as it is in Warcross. It reminded me a lot of League of Legends which I used to play and also Quidditch but LoL next to Warcross was nothing but children’s games really. I was fascinated by the universe and how the author has managed to paint a pretty vivid image of it. There were plenty of Warcross games described and I loved how each game had its own scenery and that you’d easily start imagining it while reading the book. The world is brilliant. I feel like I’ve gone to the future and now I really need technology to give me something like what’s in Warcross!
Warcross featured a real diverse set of characters which is a really great thing. I was very surprised to have an asian girl with RAINBOW colored hair as an MC. I instantly fell in love with her and now, a few days later, I’m considering to dye my own hair for the first time! I want to be Emika so bad but sadly, I don’t think I’m badass enough to rock rainbow hair and I have no idea how to code 😭. I love the relationship she had with her dad though! I think, even though he was not entirely a good person as he gambled and left his daughter with loads of debts to pay, that he was a great parent to her. He taught her to never give up and to always try to see the bigger picture to solve any problem she encounters. Of course, there are tons of other characters that I loved, especially from the Phoenix Riders members. They were all so very welcoming and did their best to make the team work well together. I loved how Hammie was a bit protective of her. Also, Asher, who’s a person with disabilities, is one hell of a captain and I really admired how he managed to lead his team. They all grew into a family and I can’t wait to read what’s coming!
On the other hand, I did not really like Hideo. The kid who suddenly becomes millionaire because of awesome abilities, who’s dark and mysterious but ends up having actual feelings and blah blah blah. I did like the relationship he has with his parents but perhaps what made me dislike him was the whole romance situation he had going on. As an action packed book, I really did not need the romance bits and I just kept rolling my eyes at everything.
The whole book was very action packed and felt more like watching an action futuristic movie. It’s very fast-paced and you get through it so fast. Again, the world being so amazing, it just wanted you to devour every little detail about it and to feel yourself in it. Sadly, it was a tad predictable which was a bit underwhelming but it didn’t affect my satisfaction real bad and so it didn’t take away from the story for me.
All in all, Warcross has been not just an amazing read but an amazing experience. It has also made me think about the effects of technology in our lives. How much technology is too much? If you’re looking for an entertaining, thought-provoking read with an amazing world and badass characters, then Warcross is the book for you!
Also, not that my results are crazy amazing, but I’ve started finding some joy doing these aesthetic boards. And this is what I got for Warcross:
Hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Let me know if you’ve read it and what did you think of it. Did you also end up craving a world like Warcross?