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"When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"-- Provided by publisher.
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. -- from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399547966
Call Number: y LU 2017
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 22 cm


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Book One in the Warcross Series.

Emika, a bounty hunter in a futuristic New York City gets involved in the virtual world of Warcross, an immersive game. Her skill brings her to the attention of the billionaire owner of the game, who recruits her to find an elusive hacker.

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“Everything's science fiction until someone makes it science fact.”

Warcross—a game that has captured the world’s imagination, with a fantasied of millions, and a game that has sparked an international competition, and created a world within a world. Within this world, Emika Chen ekes out a living as an in-game bounty hunter, catching down those who participate in illegal activities online. A hunger for money lands her in the Warcross Championships, and before she knows it, Emika has skyrocketed to internet fame--and tangled herself in an in-game conspiracy with potentially deadly consequences.

Perfect for fans of “Ready Player One,” Marie Lu’s gaming-centric YA series is not one to be missed. With a mix of nonstop action, a team of lovable characters, political intrigue and sci-fi thrills, “Warcross” will have readers and non-readers alike guessing until the final page.

HKK_Teen_Staff Apr 10, 2020

A fast-paced, imaginative scifi story. Make sure and have the sequel ready because you won't want to put this story down!

ArapahoeDax Apr 07, 2020

Well this was full of high action and tons of intrigue! Gotta love any character that has rainbow hair a full sleeve of tattoos, and is a kick butt hacker!!

sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
This definitely gave me Ready Player One vibes, which I really enjoyed. I loved the virtual environment of this world. The plot twist at the end was somewhat predictable--not intriguing enough to pull me into the sequel.

Aug 25, 2019

a very good book, whenever i have time i plan on reading book 2

LPL_MaryW Jul 20, 2019

Teen hacker, gamer girl, and bounty hunter Emika Chen lives in a world where ninety percent of the population plays Warcross, a virtual reality game created by wunderkind Hideo Tanaka. When Emika accidentally glitches herself into the opening game of the Warcross world championship, she grabs Hideo’s attention, and he promptly flies her to Tokyo to hunt down the mysterious person who’s been hacking Warcross like never before. But what she discovers will change her world, and the world of Warcross, forever. With romance, friendship, and suspenseful game play, this book kept me reading long past my bedtime. "Warcross" is a wild ride!

Jul 07, 2019

Warcross is an intriguing testament to the motives of the people around us. I don't really have anything bad to say about this book, just that the author consistently uses the same character archetypes in all of her novels. Don't get me wrong, Warcross is an AMAZING book! Even the sequel does not disappoint.

Mar 09, 2019

Amazing read. Not really for you if you're going for a in-depth strong story, but is great if you want fun, fast read. I'm really excited for the sequel, as Marie Lu once again fails to disappoint. Overall, I give this book a 10/10 and a "Would Strongly Recommend Reading" review.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Slightly predictable, but still suspenseful. A detailed and virtual world with well-developed characters and a fascinating ethical dilemma. I love Marie Lu's writing style.

Dec 25, 2018

3.5 stars. think i checked out/renewed this book from the library several times before it floated to the top of my rotation. when i finally read it, it was really fun. you can see the comparisons to ready player one and why it is being made into a movie.
it’s always a relief when the japanese elements are authentic. audiobook narrator was wonderful.

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Jul 10, 2020

Emika Chen lives in New York City and can barely pay her rent or buy food. She can’t find a legitimate paying job because of her criminal record, so she works as a bounty hunter tracking down criminals that are illegally betting on Warcross games. When she loses out on her latest bounty, Emika feels like giving up on everything. She decides to play Warcross to take her mind off her troubles. Emika is also a computer hacker and accidentally glitches herself into a championship game. She soon realizes that she can steal a valuable power-up that she could sell for big money. Unfortunately, when she steals the power-up she reveals her identity to the world. She is summoned by the game’s inventor to come to Tokyo and meet him. Emika is scared that she will be arrested but has no choice and goes to Tokyo. When she gets to Tokyo, she is offered a job to work undercover to find out who is sabotaging the Warcross games.


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Feb 01, 2018

"Girl, you put the WILD in wild card."-Asher Wing


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