Warcross Review

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Warcross #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 12 September 2017
Source: Penguin Random House South Africa
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 30 December 2017 - 31 December 2017

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.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

Warcross has been getting a lot of good buzzes. I cannot wait to jump into this book. My inner gamer is just jumping up and down. I literally cannot wait to jump into this especially because I really liked Marie Lu's The Young Elites. 

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book is hard to describe. It was definitely good but it had enough detail but at the same time it was lacking in detail. I loved how Lu described the virtual world but when it came to the real world, it lacked detail. I loved the dialogue and the overall world building. It was incredible.

Plot Thoughts:

I loved this plot so much. It was so well thought through. I loved how we started with Emi on a bounty hunting job. Things escalated quite quickly and honestly everything seemed like a dream. I loved that the book contained multimedia. We had some text messages as well as a visual representation of the play bar, which contained a player's information. The plot was filled with action and tense moments. I love how unique this worlds. It is was a perfect combination of my two favourite things. I really wish that Warcross was a real game because honestly, it is perfect!

Character Thoughts:

I adore Emika. She is strong and honestly a hundred present relateable. So many of her characters so accessible. The characters in this book are fleshed out quite well. The secondary characters had a lot of depth to them.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the writing that emersed me fully in the story. The writing was a lot more detailed when it came to the world of Warcross but Lu softened the detail on the real world. The plot was amazing. It is something that everyone can enjoy. It was full of action but it also had some moments that were swoon-worthy and heartfelt. The characters were well developed and well fleshed out. They could easily become main characters or more predominant characters. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book.

Yours in Reading,



  1. I am so glad you enjoyed this! I have been meaning to pick this one up for ages. Also, I love your review format in which you look at the book from different angles.


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