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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.

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.

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.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9780399547980
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 06, 2018

This was one of my favorite YA books of 2017, despite the fact that, prior to reading, I would have said I didn't care one bit about VR, video games, etc. Marie Lu has created a totally convincing futuristic world -- one that seems close enough to our own reality to feel eerie -- and the plot is twisty, the characters memorable, and the pacing relentless. The best news of all: the sequel, Wildcard, is a totally satisfying conclusion to the story -- I'd recommend reading both back-to-back, as it's really just a single, long story.

SnoIsleLib_LoisH Oct 22, 2018

From the author of The Legend Trilogy comes a new science-fiction series centered around Warcross, a fictional Virtual Reality game. Featuring a clever and dynamic heroine, this series opener is thrilling, thought-provoking, and even a touch romantic. Come for the video games and stay for the international intrigue.

JCLChrisK Sep 18, 2018

Excellent, non-stop action and adrenaline. This is one you don't want to put down. I found the novel's three elements--hacker intrigue, game clashes, and mysterious romance--didn't ever quite mesh, with some plot and logic holes resulting. But if you're willing to suspend your disbelief, it's a fun ride.

Aug 30, 2018

This is very much outside my wheelhouse, but I couldn't put it down. Get through the exposition and immerse yourself in this fast-paced, wildly imaginative thriller.

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!

Jul 04, 2018

In Emika Chen’s world, the virtual reality game Warcross has taken over society, giving players an opportunity to compete for a chance at money and fame. After the death of her father and four months in Juvenile detention, Emika finds herself in growing debt. It’s not until Emika experiences a glitch while hacking the game that she’s given the chance to endless riches. The catch? Track down a mysterious hacker named Zero before he takes down the Warcross empire. Warcross is definitely one of those books that you just can’t put down. I really liked the build up with Hideo, and I really liked him up until that ending. This might have just been a me thing, but I kept mixing up all the teammates names, making it really confusing towards the end. Not to mention the plot with his brother was so brutally obvious to me that when it was finally revealed it wasn’t all that surprising. These little mishaps aside, I really did enjoy this book and would recommend to anyone looking for a new science fiction/dystopian novel. 4.5 Stars @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

“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

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.

Jun 19, 2018

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

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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