Warcross by Marie Lu
Posted on 03/04/2019
Warcross by Marie Lu“The students love to read this book because the story is colorful and high-tech, yet it’s also completely plausible and realistic. They love the blend of heart-stopping action and the way the author uses what-if factors about technology and the future to portray human nature and moral dilemmas.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School

The Warcross series by Marie Wu is the Hamilton book of the week nominated by Jeanne Mochel, the librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School. The series is a young adult, science fiction series that keeps readers on their toes with every twist and turn that takes place. Readers can often relate to the 18-year-old heroine, Emika Chen, and her journey through the virtual reality game, Warcross. Often referred to as a “cyberpunk” novel, Warcross is an exciting page-turner that you won’t want to put down!

Editorial Reviews

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From Goodreads.com:
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 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. Her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan. We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.

Goals more students reading will address include:
• Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
• Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21
• Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023