Let’s talk about how awesome Marie Lu is. She is the author of The Young Elites and Legend series, and now Warcross. This is classic Lu, and one that won’t disappoint. I even had the privilege of interviewing this lovely lady, and you can find it in the August/September issue of Justine Magazine as well as online here.
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Expected release: September 12, 2017
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.
I CANNOT stress how much I’m excited for everyone to read this book!! I was lucky enough to score a signed ARC at BookCon, and I finally got around to reading it this past August.
The first chapter was a bit of a slow start, but right after that it picks up. Emika is such a fun character, and I love how Lu writes her as a whole. She is one of my favorites written thus far of 2017. It was a blast getting to know her with each page turned.
Lu’s entire cast of characters is pleasing to read about. They are rich in diversity including people of color, abled and disabled, etc. as some of the players central to the plot. I LOVED seeing Emika, but also keep an eye out for one of Daniel’s relatives! The representation isn’t something that is forced into your face, but subtle and well done to normalize seeing these people in books. Lu isn’t seeking to prance her progressive characters into the center stage, but to weave them into the fabric of storytelling so they have their rightful places in literature.
The setting of the book is also wonderful. I love how she took the modern world and gave it the tech upgrades that fit seamlessly. It is rich in detail with memorable icons that we know today while providing new take on them to make them more Warcross-like. This is the world that we could become if we follow the technological track that we’re on, but only one of many possibilities. There is a depth to this world, an underbelly that we are exposed to, and they co-exist in ways you wouldn’t suspect.
The game of Warcross itself was a little confusing at first. Once I got a handle on what the point of the game was and how to play, I loved delving into each world that Tenaka and his team created. They were worlds from a video game you wish existed. I can only describe it as something like Smash Bros but with so many different elements of every video game that can be combined to create a game that is both thrilling and exciting at the same time.
I can’t wait for everyone to read this one! Put it on your tbr and make sure it comes right to your door on release day!