Warcross by Marie Lu |Warcross #1 |Book Review

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. How are you all? I hope you’re good!

Today I’m back with another review for you guys and one that is long overdue! I read this book last year and LOVED it.

And now without further ado let’s start with the information about the book.

Goodreads 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 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.

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Title – Warcross
Author – Marie Lu
Series – Warcross #1
Publisher – G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date – September 12th, 2017
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

Trigger Warnings – violence, betrayal, threats, mention of family death
Format – Paperback
Pages – 353
Languages – English

4.5 ⭐️ actually

And now without further ado let’s start with the review!

What I liked

It’s already an eternity that I finished this book so I’m not sure if I remember everything so I will do a quick review of it.

First of all the book was pretty fast-paced and I love it when authors do that! Because when the book is fast-paced I will be more inclined to read it quickly and to read it in one sitting. If it isn’t too chunky of course!
Fact number two is that you quickly emerge in the story. After the first few pages, I already was amazed by everything that I read and couldn’t put the book down. I LOVED it and the storyline was different than the other books that I read by Marie Lu. Which are only Legend and Batman: Nightwalker. But I can’t remember if I read Batman before Warcross. I also can’t say if Warcross is similar to Ready Player One as I haven’t read that one yet but I found the storyline to be original and it was something new.
I also have to say that I love her writing style and that I can’t get enough of it.
Same goes for her characters. They are written in such a perfect way that you can’t do anything else than love them. Even the villain. I don’t know how Marie Lu does it but I’m always amazed by it.
Guys, can we please talk about the end? I remember that I was totally shocked by that plot twist. I can’t even begin to say how much I was destroyed by this.

What I didn’t like

I honestly can’t remember why I only gave it a 4.5 ⭐️ rating. Maybe because it took a bit too long to come to the conclusion of book 1? And also the romance was a bit obvious.

Favourite Character

Emika. For ever and ever!

Overall, I’d recommend it to every sci-fi fan and also amongst the gamer of you. I’m not a gamer but I’m pretty sure some of you are and will love it.


Amazon – 9.99€
Barnes & Noble – 10.38$
Waterstones – 7.99£
Book Depository – 8.69€
Wordery – 9.63€

And that was everything for this review. What about you? What are your thoughts on Warcross? Have you read the first book in this duology or do you plan on reading it in the future? Please let me know in the comments below!


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Other books in this series:

review coming soon

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