Bounty hunter turned reality game superstar Emika Chen thought she had her hands full when she became an internationally known competitor in the virtual-reality-game Warcross? championships. But that was before she learned the truth about her one-time love Hideo Tanaka, a young billionaire and creator of Warcross?—and the inventor of an algorithm that puts everyone who uses his high-tech lenses under his control. Sure, Hideo's not trying to rule the world or anything—this all started as a war on crime, after his little brother went missing years ago—but Emi can't agree with his methods. But she's got even bigger plans: there's a bounty on her head now, and if she's going to escape the assassins who are after her, she has to turn to Zero, the infamous, if not exactly trustworthy, hacker and his team. But they've got motives of their own, and Emi might get so tangled in a web of subterfuge that she can't break free. There's plenty of high-stakes double-crossing here, and this finale moves along at a breakneck clip. Series fans will be only too happy to zoom along for the ride. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The first book in this duology, Warcross?? (2017), hooked gamers and action fans alike, and they'll be dying to see how it ends. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
Sure to inspire even deeper devotion among Lu's fans, this sequel picks up just three days after the Warcross finale, raising complicated questions about the consequences of technology and power. Emika Chen, exempt from Hideo Tanaka's unleashed algorithm thanks to a lucky accident, is reeling from Hideo's betrayal and the knowledge that Zero, the hacker whom Hideo hired her to neutralize, is Hideo's long-missing brother, Sasuke, whose disappearance drives Hideo to create Warcross and the algorithm. Having realized that the algorithm, meant to eliminate violence, may be causing people to commit suicide, Emika enters a tenuous partnership with Zero and the Blackcoats, a secret organization working to destroy the algorithm, and attempts to gain access to it by winning Hideo's trust. Though Emika maintains her moral center, she struggles to do right as the virtual world crosses into reality and becomes personal: "There's a point where the lines start to blur, and I am standing in that place now, struggling to see through the gray." Lu's futuristic world, with its immersive technology, feels dangerously within reach in this action-packed escapade with a thoughtful, emotion-driven core. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
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School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 8 Up–Emika Chen has been betrayed by Hideo, the man she cared most about and tried to help. Blinded by his all-consuming need to find his long-lost brother, he now controls most of the world through an algorithm in the lenses that everyone uses to connect to the NeuroLink, the system by which they access the virtual world. Only a very few people, like Emika and her old teammates on the Phoenix Riders Warcross team, are still using beta lenses that allow them to circumvent the algorithm. This is encouraging crime bosses and criminals to turn themselves in, but others, maybe even innocent people, are committing suicide. Emika, convinced that she alone must stop the algorithm, agrees to work with mysterious hacker Zero and his Blackcoats to undermine Hideo. But there's a thin line between right and wrong, and she's not sure whom she can trust, other than her old teammates. Fans of Warcross will enjoy even more time spent in the game, along with intrigue, action, and mystery. Emika owns her flaws and still tries to do the right thing, even when she's unsure what that is. While the character development of some of her teammates feel a little flat, Emika, Hideo, and Zero shine through. VERDICT A necessary purchase for libraries that have Warcross; those where science fiction circulates well, should pick up both volumes in this duology.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ
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Emika and the Phoenix Riders are determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, but Emika's survival depends on the ruthless Blackcoats whose help comes at a price. - (Baker & Taylor)
The thrilling sequel to Warcross by the #1 New York Times best-selling author finds Emika Chen learning the truth about Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm and banding together with the Phoenix Riders to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, only to find herself caught in a web of betrayal that forces her to turn to Zero and his ruthless crew, the Blackcoats, to take down the man she loves. Simultaneous eBook. - (Baker & Taylor)
"Teenage hacker Emika Chen embarks on a mission to unravel a sinister plot and is forced to join forces with a shadowy organization known as the Blackcoats"-- - (Baker & Taylor)
An Instant New York Times Bestseller!
Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu
Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.
Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page. - (Penguin Putnam)