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From number one New York Times best-selling author Marie Lu - when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. The obsession started 10 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 in to 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, number one New York Times best-selling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

©2017 Marie Lu (P)2017 Listening Library

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Def worth the credit LitRPG book

I have read most of the LitRPG series so I was excited when I saw this new one starting. It is from a tough and smart woman’s POV as she goes from poor and almost homeless to world famous war cross player overnight. But there is a lot more at stake then just the world championships as she fights off unknown enemies before they can complete their plans. At the end you will find the entire world hangs in the balance! Narration is great. Romance scenes are definitely a little much but otherwise excellent book, def pick it up if you like the LitRPG genre.

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Wow

This was a wilde ride. I was invested from the start, but still things kept building up and getting crazier. The narrator was truly great, each character sounded different from one another, and she gave the proper emotions and sense of urgency (as in action sequences) when they were needed. This audiobook was definitely worth it

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Another "dumbed down" YA novel...

I was really into the premise/summary of this book and snapped up the audiobook pretty quickly. I was quickly disappointed. This is your typical mary jane character + inexplicably besotted billionaire/popular guy in a YA sci-fi, and both main characters got on my nerves. The main is not at all humble or realistic, and literally thinks the decisions everyone makes are because of her. (They usually are, which is also weird.) Kind of reminds me of Twilight. If you liked that kind of thing, maybe this will float your boat. I was hoping there would be a magical plot twist + resolution that would explain and justify half of the dumb decisions/weird illogical jumps these characters made, but the ending is very abrupt and explains very little. The only "twist" is pretty obvious and very hastily revealed. This is very clearly written with a sequel in mind, but from a plot standpoint this book does not stand on its own.

It might have been easier to overlook the plot if it were written a bit better, but some sentences/phrases were just a disaster and you could tell they were awkward for the narrator to say. Very unimaginative language and the writing itself is kind of... bad. Like, I'm pretty sure any tween with an interest in books could churn out a similar masterpiece. Gems like "it jars me, hard" and "my fists tighten" are all over the place. At first I thought it was the narration making the writing seem dumber than it actually is - it sounds like it's read by Nancy Drew, and the end of nearly every third sentence is read out like it's a cliffhanger. It's not, it's not even the end of the chapter. And it is done with super inane details which makes it kind of weird. While I do think it would be way less frustrating to just read the book, since the different accents and voices actually subtracted from the experience, I'm not sure I will pick up the inevitable sequel. The other elements do not redeem it, and I don't care enough about any of the characters to find out what happens.

Overall, I'm disappointed. It was a quick read/listen but after that ending I feel like I wasted my time.

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A 5-Star Thrilling Ride

Warcross is another thrilling adventure from Marie Lu. I’ve seen this all over Social Media and it deserves all the attention it is getting. I loved this and I need more!!

Millions of people log in to Warcross every day. It’s not just a game but it has become a link to a virtual world where people can escape from reality and also make a profit. Illegal gambling of the Warcross game is on the rise and teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game. The police force is understaffed so they hire bounty hunters for these less violent crimes. Emika jumps at the opportunity to earn money since she’s behind on her rent and her bills. But when she is desperate for money Emika takes a risky chance at hacking into a Warcross game to steal an item to pawn off, but the hack doesn’t go as planned and the world catches her in the middle of the act. Instead of getting arrested Emika is whisked off to Tokyo, Japan to meet with the creator billionaire Hideo Tanaka and is given a job she can’t refuse – work with Hideo to uncover a security problem. Emika is thrust into not only the Warcross games but also into fame and fortune. As she uncovers clues of a sinister plot Emika must learn the truth before it’s too late. Warcross isn’t just a game, now lives are at stake.

I loved everything about Warcross. Emika is a great character. She is smart and tough, even though she had a rough life she wants to do what’s right. I also loved the supporting characters. They worked great as a team but they were also still mysterious, so I loved not knowing who to trust. Warcross is a game but you don’t have to be a video gamer to understand or enjoy this book. Marie Lu creates a world that is simple to understand but also visually breathtaking. I clearly imagined the world as seen in futuristic films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. The plot had some twists that kept me guessing and the pace was perfect. There was never a dull moment in this book.

I can’t wait for the next book!

3 Stars Audiobook Review

This is my 3rd audiobook with narrator Nancy Wu and I thought her performance was OK. At times her narration was flat and lacked excitement. When it is scenes of dialogue between the characters I thought her performance was good and she developed distinct voices for each of the characters. The narrator did come to life for the exciting ending so for her performance I give 3 stars.

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  • Denise
  • Valencia, CA, United States
  • 12-13-17

Good story, lacking execution

3.5/5. I did enjoy this book, but felt that there were some shortcomings. The idea was good but the execution was lacking. Amika is the MC and while she is the most developed character, I still didn’t find myself very connected to her. Also the love interest, whom I won’t reveal and spoil, felt forced. In other words, I wasn’t convinced of their feelings for each other. Things were revealed and private secrets told too easily. What I did like was Marie Lu’s art of subtle gestures....a hand wave, a glance down, a stolen look. Those were very delicate. But I think much of this book, tho long enough, felt too rushed the whole time. Very little time was actually spent “In Game” or “In Competition”. I don’t play games, but even I was disappointed. (Think Ready Player One). And Zero? I figured out who it was easily. And I don’t usually figure these things out quickly. So overall, the story is very simple as are the characters, the plot is easily figured out, and the plot twist was no great surprise. But I did enjoy it despite all that. And there was no absolute resolution at the end of the story, so I feel a book 2 coming. It does not end with a cliffy or HEA. I may read the next book. I hesitate only because I’ve read Ms Lu’s “Legend” trilogy. If I had to wait for each book, I probably would not have read them all. But my library had them all so I read all 3 back to back and was entertained but not blown away. This one is feeling much the same way. Actually, I think I may have liked Legend better.

I think the narrator was a good choice.

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Lovely narrator, good story

Narrator was excellent. Story was great, though it had a few moments where it stretched the suspension of disbelief a bit.

Also, Hideo is a goddamn tease. Ughhh.

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great listen!!

loved it! totally immersive and believable world, fun characters, and hilly plot twists! really really enjoyed it. totally worth the credit spent and the time invested in listening!

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Just as good as reading it!

I've already read Warcross, but thought I would give the audiobook a try since I recently joined Audible. Listening to it was just as good as reading it. We did speed it up a little bit and that helped with the pacing. My husband and I listened to it in the car and we both enjoyed it. Warcross is one of those books you don't want to put down. The narrator did a great job with different characters which was something I worried about. She was a great Emika Chen. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

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Awesome action packed virtual world!

This is the second series I have begun by Marie Lu. Well, I hope this will become a series, because I’m definitely gonna need more! Lu’s books always entertain me. I am so glad I grabbed this audiobook to listen to at work!! I would have finished much quicker if I hadn’t had to pause so often for incoming calls & such. I️ found myself grabbing my headphones to listen even while cooking dinner which is a rare treat with kiddos running around the house.
We are thrown into this amazing virtual reality filled world where people are intense about their gaming & almost pausing life for the upcoming Warcross tournaments. The characters are diverse, interesting, & witty. The action & emotion flowed well, but toward the end really picked up its pace. I can’t wait to read more!

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great performance good story

this book is in a really niche area of interest, one that I'm not sure was for me. nevertheless, I greatly enjoyed listening. probably will not pick up the second book. maybe.