#BookReview: Warcross

“Never do anything halfway.”

Warcross by Marie Lu 


5 stars


  • Fascinating technology
  • Mysterious antagonist
  • Smart and independent Asian main character
  • Intriguing love interest


  • Easily guessed the antagonist

I absolutely loved Warcross. I’m a big fangirl of Marie Lu ever since she exploded on the scene with the Legend series. Yes, there are some single titles within her two series (Legend; Young Elites) that I don’t enjoy as much. Overall, though, I love her unique ideas and the way she populates her world with characters you want to care about.

In Warcross, there’s an exciting, independent main character named Emika Chen. Thank you, Lu, for nods to all sorts of diversity within your book! Emika is a strong girl, though she does have her flaws based on her personality and upbringing. Since she’s fiercely independent, she also tends to push others away, resulting in a very realistic character.

I also really enjoyed the technology. The idea of a game that’s powered by virtual reality and feeds off your body’s energy is cool. Lu also does a great job of describing the futuristic modern world and the fantastical settings held within the game.

It was great to see the immediate romantic tension between Emika and her love interest. (Although truth be told, it was a little too quick for the romance to spring up.) I also found it easy to guess the antagonist, but despite that knowledge, I loved the building up of conflict between them as the book headed toward the end.

Can’t wait for the sequel!

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  1. She’s a star in YA literature, for sure. I haven’t read this specific book, though. yet. On my list :)

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