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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"--
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The Warcross duology (Warcross and Wildcard) is a young adult fiction novel written by Marie Lu. Nominated for several awards for Young Adult. It is reported that the book rights had been optioned for a TV adaptation by Made Up Stories and John Cameron.

It is about the story of Emika Chen, a bounty hunter tracked by Henka Games, a company owned and created by Hideo Tanaka, to join the Warcross tournament for a job opportunity. Her task is to spy and find who is hacking the Neuro-link, a pair of glasses that lead the user to the world of virtual reality by joining the Warcross Tournament under the Phoenix Riders team.

As the story goes, Emika starts to discover the hideous plan of Hideo, the man he loves (their romantic relationship developed during Warcross's novel). He plans to use the updated version of NeuroLink to control its users from committing a crime. The mystery also unfolded about the hacker of the Warcross Tournament. He is the long-lost brother of Hideo, Sasuke hiding under the name of Zero. He plans to stop Hideo from using NeuroLink Algorithm updating. These leave the ending of the Warcross to ask if he is an ally or foe?

In Wildcard, Phoenix Riders band together again to plan how to stop Hideo from using the Neurolink Algorithm in his scheme before the closing ceremony of the Warcross Tournament. She discovers that someone put a bounty on her head from Dark World, and her chance of survival is joining Zero and the Blackcoat. However, she found out that Zero and his organization is not what it seems to be. The future of free lies on who she needs to trust and what action Emika can do to stop Hideo from his plans.

Exploring the Virtual Reality

One of the reasons why the Warcross novel is heart-pumping and gripping is the tournament itself. It provides its reader a colorful, magical, seamless, and intelligently descriptive narration of the battles in the Warcross Tournament. It encapsulates a thrill ride experience added with mystery and non-stop action, a great recipe to set your excitement in motion making these two novels unputdownable. Even though of NeuroLink and the game's concept is similar to Ready Player One of Ernest Kline and story and the background are entirely different.

NeuroLink Heroine, Emika

Our heroine in this novel, Emika Chen, is an excellent character in this series. Her background story is convincing enough to support her throughout the whole series. Though there is some bearable cliche developing in her romantic relationship with Hideo it is undeniable they are a perfect pair even though it is felt a bit shallow if you look on perspective.

Mystery Zero

Zero is an enigmatic character, similar to a virus. The virus is just there, sulking into the hidden path, and slowly and strategically destroys whatever it sees on sight. That is one of the components of a great cyberpunk villain. From Warcross and Wildcard, his agenda and scheme are unknown in which this book makes you read for more and ask for more. If the virtual environment of Warcross excites you in this novel, the antagonist, Zero, makes you puzzled and thrilled.

Phoenix Riders and overcoming Diversity

Praise the author for choosing diverse characters in the team of Emika Chen, the Phoenix Riders. The series provides no judgment to their character's differences. This novel shows that teamwork and love are more significant than stereotyping. The insertion of Roshan and Tremaine's romantic relationship, a member of the LGBT created a perfect balance to this novel to stay away a bit from the romance between Hideo and Emika. Asher, even though he is described a crippled in this novel, his leadership and relationship with Hammie prove more of him than being a paralyzed person. Ren is Yin in the Yin Yang of this novel. His character is a mystery make him hard to tell if he is an ally or enemy.

Neurolink and its comparison to the real Cyberspace

The peculiarity about the first installment of this novel is the inspiration of the author. The author is familiar with the basics of computer security and its component. In our reality's World Wide Web, there is a Dark Web and Surface Web. As observed in this novel, the Dark World of Warcross resembles the Dark Web. If you did not know Dark Web, it is a hidden search engine that can only be open possibly by an onion browser such as TOR, and few people know how to operate on Dark Web. In Dark Web, we can transact illegal activities of any kind. Dark Web is similar to the Dark World in the world of NeuroLink in terms of functionality. The only difference is Dark World is still virtual. Meanwhile, the Surface Web can easily be accessed and apply our day-to-day searches and activities identical to NeuroLink's normal function in this novel.

In Wildcard, the author digs deeper into the vulnerabilities and risks of Neurolink's Cyberspace. It tackles different kinds of threats identical to our real computer cyberspace like social engineering, malware intrusion, viruses, botnets, denial of services, etc. She also provides us layman's understanding of Gray hat and Black hat hackers. She also proves that the main threat to the cyberspace algorithm is always the human factor.


Warcross series is a young adult novel that definitely can be enjoyed by everyone. There is a mystery, romance, and action that makes you hooked to this book series. Even though the series shares some plot holes, it is still engaging, ridiculously fun, and exciting to read. The romantic relationship between Emika and Hideo feels trite and shallow, but the eye-popping action and mystery carry this novel as a whole. If you are looking for an imaginative sci-fi novel with a puzzle-solving plot. This novel is for you. ( )
  Dion-Darko | Jul 25, 2021 |
I am alone in thinking this book could totally happen someday? ( )
  EmilyMabb | Jun 21, 2021 |

(I was reading a galley copy I won at a book signing for [b: Jane, Unlimited|32991569|Jane, Unlimited|Kristin Cashore||53629123]. My thoughts were not influences)

Alright, so this book was great. I loved it, but the starts and the ends got me. It's like your favourite sandwich, only with your least favourite bread. You like everything on it, but the bread still tastes awful. So in spirit of this analogy, I'll dissect this novel like a sandwich.

The Crust: So bread is the first thing you taste, you first opinion of the story. In the beginning, I did not like Marie Lu's writing style. I felt like I was having an argument with the book (it's a very strange feeling). I found like my brain was picking out tropes and writing styles I hated and the novel was like "Oh you hate that? Take this!" I'm quite glad the whole book was not like that.

The Insides: So after about 50 pages of fighting with the book, the whole book changed. It became interesting, action-packed, and futuristic. There was the right amount of action and romance and almost everything. One of my only complaints is that I found the Phoenix Riders were not well developed. I just wanted more from them.

The Other Crust: So this is what lowered the rating for me. I could forgive a rocky start (especially since I was reading a Galley and it's possible the "fighting" feeling isn't in the finalized copy), but then the end, I wasn't shocked. There were a few plot twists at the end of the novel, and I was just sitting there like "That's it? I knew that was coming." I kept on waiting for this new, shocking detail that would actually shock me, that wasn't predictable or extremely tropish to the Si-Fi futuristic genre, but I felt like every trope ending in all utopia/dystopia/space age was used. It was predictable. In bread terms, I knew what was coming next, but I'd hoped it might taste different, or that I would like it, but I didn't.

I don't think Warcross is a bad novel though, just predictable for it's genre. It was quite good, and very entertaining and engaging. I'd say in conclusion you should trust the hype. It has many, many good bits. I was on the edge of my seat while reading it and couldn't put it down. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
I both really enjoyed and was disappointed by Warcross.

I like video game related books. I was excited to pick up Warcross and it’s been on my TBR wishlist for a while. The world, the backstory, the tech? It’s all on point. I really liked it. You know what I didn’t like? The romance.

I can’t talk about the romance too much because it would be a spoiler BUT I will say that there was an emotional relationship between Emi and the individual that would have motivation her actions well enough without adding a romantic relationship to the mix. Particularly one that I didn’t believe for a moment. Between the length of time the book covers, the difference in social classes, and the difference of power, I had a lot of problems with the romance.

The romance took valuable time away that Emi could have spent with her Warcross team. I would have loved to get to know the Phoenixes better at the surface, they were far more interesting than another recycled love story.

Lu builds a couple levels of plot in Warcross. There are various things at stake – the competition, Emika’s survival both physically and economically, completing her bounty. From the very beginning of the book, while Lu is still revealing Emi’s character, there are established relationships. While the world isn’t as interesting, the time we have in New York has the best characterization because it wasn’t just… tossed aside. Her separate worlds are interesting, both in Warcross and Emi’s personal experience. This world is well-developed and interesting.

Listen, as a whole, I enjoyed the book. I’m really really hoping that book two steps down the romance instead of focusing on Emi being morally torn. I’ll read Wild Card. But every time the romantic scenes came up, I kept thinking to myself… “This! This is why I dislike the way romance overrules the plot!!!”.

Really the plot was interesting, the tech was fabulous. The turn of a dystopian world is always great. I’m just super bothered by the romance. I’ll get over it. ( )
  Morteana | Apr 2, 2021 |
This was so good and now I really need to get my hands on a copy of Wildcard. ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
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