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PH BLOG TOUR: Warcross by Marie Lu + Giveaway



Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Paperback

Published: September 12, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Reading Period: September 14-15, 2017

Rating: ★★★★★ 



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 players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing 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


I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.




One of my most anticipated books this year is Warcross. I’ve read Marie Lu’s the Legend series and The Young Elite’s series and I must say that I’m a fan (my personal favorite is The Young Elites series). I love how she brings me to different worlds and then let me feel and imagine things beyond my imagination. Marie Lu always writes incredibly.

Emika Chen, a bounty hunter instead of studying in a university idolizes Hideo Tanaka, the Warcross creator. She’s a good hacker and enjoys Warcross. What I like about Emika is how good her skills in hacking. I can relate to her about algorithm and but only in limited capacity because my hacking skills are basic, like Emika I personally fear the Dark World. Hideo’s invention overwhelms me. Well, Warcross in general overpowers me. Imagine, I’m only on chapter 7 of this book, yet I already had a dream about it. No joke. The effect of this book to me is really incredible. Who wouldn’t want to explore the Warcross world? If I’m in their world, I would like to attend or join Warcross! How this book was written, it really makes me want to go there for Warcross! On the other hand, I must say that Hideo Tanaka is a perfect book boyfriend. Why? Who wouldn’t dislike him when he is the creator of Warcross, has a chain of business, a billionaire and a caring and loving son to his parents? So tell me, isn’t he a perfect book boyfriend?

Warcross is a unique sci-fi/ futuristic story. It somehow reminds me a lot of things from my past. One of those are people in Warcross world wear costumes, it’s like Cosplay events. It also reminds me my childhood because I was a video game enthusiast. Maybe not was, because until now I still love playing video games. It brings out my competitiveness and drive in adventure. Another, it reminds me of iBoy (the Netflix movie). I will not explain further why because I want you to search and find out why Warcross reminds me of that movie.

The turn of events makes me twist. I’m surprised, shocked and amazed almost every time that I didn’t expect what’s coming.

I had this little question in my head after reading. What if we are living using notes instead of real money? Well, we are already somehow living on that like we have bitcoins and the like. But what if what written in this book happen in real life, in near future? Are we going to lose our sense of humanity?

Warcross is easy read and can be finish in one sitting. However, because of work and other matters that I need to attend to it took me days to finish this one. But, I really enjoy this one. I’d like to read the next book ASAP!

What draws my attention in reading Warcross are the enticing futuristic set-up, adventure, overwhelming invention and mysteriousness of this book.

P. S. Thank you, Raf (The Royal Polar Bear Reads) for hosting this amazing blog tour!


Quotable quotes:

“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”

“You have to learn to look at the whole of something, not just the parts. Relax your eyes. Take in the entire image at once.”

“Everyone has a different way of escaping the dark stillness of their mind.”

“But sometimes, you find yourself standing in exactly the right position, wielding exactly the right weapon to hit back”

“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”

“Everyone in the world is connected in some way to everyone else.”

“They talk the ugly talk and hope that some of it gets under the skin of their opponents, that it sticks there. Sometimes it works. Repeat an insult enough times, and anyone will start to believe it.”

“It should take you time to wrap your head around everything.”

“Don’t force her into situations she’s not ready for. You might kill her.”

“The more love you put into one, the more beautiful it becomes.”

“It’s too easy to lose yourself in an illusion”

“It is hard to describe loss to someone who has never experienced it, impossible to explain all the ways it changes you. But”

“Everyone always thinks they’re so brave.”

“When you refuse to ask for help, it tells others that they also shouldn’t ask for help from you.”

“But beauty can make people forgive a thousand cruelties.”

“What if the dictator is an algorithm? A code? What if that code can force the world to be a better place, can stop wars with a single breath of text, can save lives with an automated system? The algorithm doesn’t have an ego. It doesn’t lust after power. It is programmed solely to do right, to be fair. It is the same as the laws that govern our society—except it can also enforce that law immediately, everywhere, all the time.”

“And what is it that makes us human, exactly? The choice to kill and rape? To war and bomb and destroy? To kidnap children? To gun down the innocent? Is that the part of humanity that shouldn’t be taken away? Has democracy been able to stop any of this? We already try to fight back with laws—but law enforcers cannot be everywhere at once. They cannot see everything.”


As part of this blog tour, there is a giveaway! Click here to win Finished Paperback copy of Warcross by Marie Lu. PH Only.




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