Waiting on Wednesday: Warcross by Marie Lu

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday post is yet another book that I am not only dying to get my hands on, but also crossing all my fingers that I might be able to snag an ARC copy of at YALLWEST this weekend!

Marie Lu’s Warcross will be out in September, and it sounds AWESOME. A high-tech, gamer fandom and a hacker who also happens to be a bounty hunter/spy? I mean, seriously! How cool does this book sound?!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Be sure to check out their blog and share the upcoming books your excited about with us each Wednesday!

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Wine Pairing

Warcross by Marie Lu

You’ll find me sipping on this Player I Syrah from 8 Bit Vintners while reading Warcross when it comes out in September. Not only does this gamer-themed wine pair perfectly with this gamer-themed book, but the dark, fruity flavors also match the unexpectedly dark and corrupt world Emika may discover lurking beneath the surface of her favorite game.

 *All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*


Warcross by Marie Lu

29385546From #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.

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The Nitty Gritty:

  • Title: Warcross
  • Author: Marie Lu
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Pub Date: September 12, 2017
  • Pages: 416

 About the Author

4342215I 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.


How excited are you to read Warcross? Have you read any other YA novels that feature gaming? Are you a gamer as well as a reader?

26 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds really interesting! *adds to TBR pile*

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    1. YES! It sounds so COOL! I cannot wait to read this one. My hubby is a huge gamer, so I’m going to try to get him to read it with me. 🙂

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      1. That sounds like fun! 😉

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  2. TeacherofYA says:

    If you get an ARC, I will be so happy for you…then die of jealousy!! 😂😵
    Have fun! I really hope to go to BookCon but I’m nervous about NYC.

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    1. If I get an ARC I’ll probably just die of excitement, so I’ll bequeath it to you. 😉 I hope you can go to BookCon! NYC is awesome!

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      1. TeacherofYA says:

        Awww! That’s so cute! If you do get your hands on anything extra or unwanted somehow, I’ll pay to get it to me. Same goes for me and BookCon. I kind of have to go bc Fernanda bought tickets already! So I’ll have to figure out something!
        I have some swag for you, too! I need to go through and see what you want since you sent me some too!

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      2. Hahaha! I love that you said you kind of have to go to BookCon. BookCon would be AMAZING! Maybe next year. 🙂 My mom and the hubz are coming with me. We’re diving and conquering a lot, but if I get extras, I’ll def let you know!

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  3. I can’t wait for this! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed you get an ARC Krysti!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I’ll need it. It sounds like there will be a very limited number of ARCs. It just gets hard when it’s like, do you stand in line to get books signed by authors, or do you go after those ARCs! And forget the amazing panels they have going all day!

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  4. This book sounds totally awesome! It’s a great Waiting on Wednesday pick!

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    1. Thank you! It does just sound like such a cool book!

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  5. ignitedmoth says:

    Ooh, perfect pairing! 🙂 Good luck with that ARC!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely need these good vibes. 🙂

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  6. ravenblake99 says:

    I haven’t read the Legend trilogy yet but I’m very excited to read this book! 🙂

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    1. This one sounds like it’s a lot different from the Legend trilogy, so I’m really excited to see what Marie Lu has come up with. She seems to be one of those writers that can write just about anything REALLY well.

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  7. Angela JC says:

    I’m really excited for this book, it sounds so cool! I’m hoping for an ARC and can’t wait to hear if this book lives up to my hopes!

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    1. It does sound cool, right? I think that is the perfect adjective to use from the book description. I will keep my fingers crossed that you get an ARC too! Definitely let me know if you do, so we can chat about it.

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  8. *crosses fingers for you too* This book sounds so amazing, and your wondrous wine choice just made it even more appealing. I didn’t even know there was gamer wine. :O But it sounds so good, and hopefully a copy ends up in your possession! Wonderful post as always! 😀

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    1. It is amazing the different kinds of wine I have discovered since starting this blog. There is a wine for just about everything, which is awesome! This book does sound good and just plain COOL. Thanks so much, my friend!

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      1. LOL, yes. 😄 Every time I go down the wine aisle now, I always glance and wonder, does Krysti and Sarah know about this wine because I’m sure this would work with a YA book? 😄

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      2. Haha, probably not, since we live in UT. We miss out on A LOT of great wines.

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  9. This sounds really cool. And I love the cover; it’s so vibrant.

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    1. It is such a unique and fun cover. Can’t wait to see what’s inside!

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  10. Ooooh. I haven’t read anything by Marie Lu yet, but this sounds right up my alley. I really loved Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, but I haven’t ready any gamer fiction since then. This is now on the TBR! Any other gamer-fiction recommendations?

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    1. I adore Marie Lu! I didn’t snag this one at YALLWEST unfortunately. They only had five copies there, so they went like wildfire. The only other gamer fic I’ve read is Bluescreen by Dan Wells. Dan’s a local author here, and I enjoyed that one. The sequel just came out this year, but I haven’t gotten to it just yet. Hopefully soon!

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      1. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll have to check it out.

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