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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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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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  • 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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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.

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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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Amazing!

I love Marie Lu and this book did not disappoint! I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out. Also, great narrator! Loved the accents and tones she conveyed while reading.

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Wonderful and oddly unique!

I personally loved this book, so much so that I had to write a review about it, and I never write reviews.

So overall, very well written, the writer has obviously found her style and it shows; you can practically feel the conference in the words. The narrator was actually quite good and her voice depictions of the characters were spot on. You can tell that she knows which accents she can do and which she cannot. The story and world were very interesting and well fleshed out, technology was believable, nothing too outlandish. However in the end, this is a YA novel and it was a bit predictable by the end, but one plot twist really got me! Was not expecting the whole mind control thing, but it makes sense.

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Amazing

I loved everything about this--we downloaded it because Nancy Wu is our new favorite audiobook narrator, but the story blew me away as well. Highly recommend.

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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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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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