“Waiting on” Wednesday: “Warcross” by Marie Lu

Next week, next week, next week! *screams*

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Marie Lu became one of my favorite writers after I read the Legend series. I read The Young Elites trilogy first, though, but the ending of Champion solidified Lu’s spot on my list as an auto-buy author. So, yes, I’ve been keenly keeping an eye on all things Warcross related, Lu’s new series and what’s promised as a duology.

WarcrossWhen the cover reveal came around, some people weren’t too keen on it, claiming it looked like something from WordArt on Microsoft Word. I, however, don’t agree. I love it, and it pleases my inner gamer self. Which also brings me to another reason why I am so excited for this book. Here’s the synopsis:

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.

God, I remember the hours and hours I put into playing various RPGMMOs like World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings: Online, and Guild Wars 2. I’ve dabbled in Diablo and TERA and VERY BRIEFLY tried ArchAge, but man, those controls were confusing. All this to say that when I read the synopsis, my excitement skyrocketed!

Warcross doesn’t release until September 12, but there’s still time to pre-order, and you can submit your receipt for some pre-order goods here. Marie also announced her book tour which you can see here, and she’s coming to Dallas. That’s only 3 1/2 hours away so GUESS WHO’S GOING TO SEE MARIE FOR THIRD TIME?! THIS GIRL!

What books are you excited for?!

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