Warcross (Hardcover)

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The newest novel by the bestselling author of the The Young Elites and Legend series. This is a gripping read that will appeal to anyone who is into gaming, but you don’t have to be a hardcore gamer (I’m not) to get caught up in this thrilling story set in a not-too-distant future where millions worldwide follow and play Warcross online. More than a game, it’s a worldwide obsession that some play to escape from reality and by others hoping to make a profit. The main character, teenage hacker Emika Chen is struggling on her own after the death of her father, but she is quick, snarky and very smart. These qualities find her in the middle of the international Warcross Championships and a global plot to take down the game. “An exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.” 

— From Mitch's Picks


From #1 New York Times bestselling 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 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 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 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.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

About the Author

Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their dogs.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399547966
ISBN-10: 0399547967
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English