ARC REVIEW: Warcross by Marie Lu

Quick Facts: 

  • my rating: 5 stars
  • published by: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • genres: science fiction, young adult,
  • diverse: yes


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.


Warcross is Marie Lu’s seventh book, the first in her newest duology of the same name. I’m a massive fan of Marie Lu’s books, and was incredibly excited to get my hands on this book. I definitely was not let down.

Warcross is an action packed, “my heart is in my throat and I can’t breathe“, wonderfully vivid sci-fi thriller set in Tokyo. In a world revolutionised by interactive, immersive virtual reality called Warcross. Emika Chen – bounty hunter, hacker and rainbow haired badass – is hired by the creator or Warcross to go undercover and track down a mysterious person dubbed “Zero” who’s putting Warcross in jeopardy.

It definitely lives up to it’s thriller tag – every moment is exciting, and it’s one of those books you just need to keep reading. You’ll find yourself at midnight tell yourself “just one more chapter” .. trust me.

The worldbuilding really impressed me. Warcross is set in Tokyo, and the descriptions of Tokyo and how it has been altered by Warcross, as well as the descriptions of the worlds within Warcross were vivid and exciting. I adored the imagery and descriptions used throughout Warcross.

Character wise I think Warcross was also very strong. The diversity was amazing! Emika, the main character, is Chinese/American. Hideo, her love interest, is Japanese. One side character was black, one was brown, one used a wheelchair and there was also a side m/m romance – (although the characters are not romantically involved in Warcross they are ex-boyfriends so don’t expect any actual m/m romance) The characters themselves were well written, and each is driven by complex motivations and reasonings. The backstory given to each character gives them depth and believability. Personally, I loved Emika as the main character, she’s brilliant, talented, determined and flawed all of which made her a delightful character to follow. The romance was also pretty slow-burn which I liked.


Warcross is a fun and exciting book full of memorable characters and thrilling action. I adored the dynamics between the characters and the setting. The elements building up the story made it unique and interesting, and Marie Lu truly has a gift at drawing you in and not letting you go until the final page.

Warcross is a book full of spies, hackers, the dark web, illegal auctions, thrilling action, futuristic settings and features engaging international sports events, great diverse characters and an interesting protagonist you can really get behind. Cannot wait for the sequel.

Warcross releases on September 12th, 2017. 



Thankyou to Penguin Random House for providing me with a free arc of this book in exchange for my review






3 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Warcross by Marie Lu

  1. This is one of the most hyped books for the second part of 2017 so I’m really glad to see you enjoyed it so much. I hope I’ll love it just as much when I get a chance to read it.


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