Book Discussion – Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Pages: 353

Publisher: Putnam, Penguin Random House


So basically Emika Chen is this badass teenager hacker/bounty hunter that kind of cheats her way into the Warcross Championships (a huge and very realistic virtual game you can assist by putting on a fancy pair of glasses, and which was created by Hideo Tanaka/hot dude of the novel).

“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”
― Marie Lu, Warcross

My Thoughts

Oh my god I loved it so much. I love how Marie Lu’s novel often begin right in the middle of an action scene. And how early the story begins. Fifty pages in and Emika is on her way to Tokyo where her life is about to change completely.

This book had a Hunger Games feeling that made me unable to put it down. When I was reading The Hunger Games, I legit had generilized anxiety at the idea of Katniss setting foot into the arena. I couldn’t stop reading until I knew exactly what that arena would be, and in Warcross, the same kind of stressful mystery was built around Warcross, the game. Which I absolutely adored.

“But sometimes, you find yourself standing in exactly the right position, wielding exactly the right weapon to hit back.”
― Marie Lu, Warcross

Also, Zero was pure genius. I loved this character so much. I loved how the information about him was soooo slowly given to the reader, from his motives to his actual appearance. 


I loved every single scene with Hideo, and OH MY GOD I NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD TURN OUT TO BE BAD! I felt soooo betrayed. I feel like he’s going to become this huge mad villain in book two, because he’s SO convinced that he’s doing the right thing (those are the best villains).



That’s it for me! Now I want to hear what you guys thought!

Did you see that ending coming? (I did NOT.)

Who was your favorite character? (Emika is so badass.)

Would you like to have your own NeuroLink glasses/lenses? (Glasses, maybe. Lenses? Shady as hell, I’ll pass, thank you!)

Let me know in the comments!

7 thoughts on “Book Discussion – Warcross

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  1. I loved Warcross so much too, Audrey!! 🙂 I completely agree with your comparison that it generated a similar feeling as reading The Hunger Games. Warcross definitely creates that same must-keep-reading sensation. I loved how much the characters and story captivated me!


    Emika was my favorite character as well. 🙂 It was so neat to see her development from a solo bounty hunter to part of a community of teammates/friends. One difference in our reading experiences was that I was suspicious of Hideo from very early on! I don’t know if it was my own life experiences informing my perception (haha!), but I was almost instantly wary of his true intentions and thinking things with him were too good to be true. But after he took Emika to his childhood home, I was like, “Huh, maybe I was wrong,” so I ultimately did end up surprised too! I did not see Zero’s identity reveal coming at all though! That was a complete surprise!! I think I would completely pass on the NeuroLink glasses/lenses. 😛 It sounds so neat in some ways, but also, like you said, very shady. I worry that it would be so easy to get addicted to the virtual world and/or find out that I was being controlled by a company- eek!


    Thanks for setting up this book club discussion, Audrey! It was so fun to read with the discussion in mind! My review for Warcross will be going up on my blog later this week. 🙂 Thanks again!!

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    1. Yay, I’m so glad you liked it too! Can’t wait for your review! 😀
      Haha, I must be very naive because I was sooo in love with Hideo I did not see it coming haha. Though the moment he told the story of his brother, I had a feeling he were linked to Zero.
      Thanks so much for taking part in this! 🙂


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