Parents' Guide to

Warcross, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Winning teen girl drives cyberpunk virtual reality thriller.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

A blast to read! Full of games, romance, mystery and action!

This is the book that Gamer Girls have been waiting for and knowing that Marie Lu has a background in video games made this even more satisfying to read. I will say it does take a little too long to get to the actual gaming portion, but I didn’t mind so much because that time didn’t feel wasted. While the overall vibe of the book is very fun and light we do deal with some tough questions as well. It was thrilling, mysterious and action packed with just enough romance thrown in. This played out like an anime in my mind and I loved every second of it. The characters are wonderfully diverse, all colors and types. There are some intense make out scenes (there is no actual sex in this like one previous review have stated. I think she misunderstood that scene. However that does occur in the sequel, written in a "off screen" or "fade to black" style.) Overall I think it's a really fun read that is appropriate for most teenagers.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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age 13+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Cyberpunk fell out of favor for a while, but this futuristic thriller jump-starts the genre and sends it careering in a promising new direction. Marie Lu has proven her skills with dystopian fiction and pseudo-medieval fantasy, and now she displays a steady hand with virtual reality in Warcross. Lu has created a winning protagonist in Em, and her perceptive and plucky narrative voice keeps the story moving, even when the action turns a little talky. Suspense and romance take a while to rev up, but eventually Warcross is firing on all cylinders. Readers should be aware that the book ends with a cliffhanger, but it's a doozy, one almost guaranteed to compel fans to return for the second installment.

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