What happened in Warcross? - Book Series Recaps (2023)

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What happened in Warcross?

Emika is a part-time waitress and bounty hunter. She is only two days away from being evicted from her apartment. She has been an orphan for many years and even ran away from a group home.

Her idol is Hideo Tanaka who invented Warcross, a virtual reality game that uses NeuroLink glasses to create a very lifelike experience. The glasses have become widespread over the years and are used not only for Warcross but also for everyday use and as a communication device. Hideo’s success at a young age spurred her on to learn everything she could about coding and Warcross.

Emika’s money problems are making her desperate. During the opening game of the Warcross Championship, she uses a computer hack that she created to break into the game and steal a very valuable power-up that she believes she might be able to sell on the black market. She is successfully able to obtain the object, but her act exposes her identity. Her face is splashed all over the world. They also take the power-up back.

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The next day reporters are at her door, and none other than Hideo himself calls her up to ask her to make the trip to Tokyo to meet him in person. He has even paid off all of her debts.

Emika flies to Tokyo where the virtual reality glasses are mainstream. People are able to earn points for performing even daily household tasks.

During her meeting with Hideo, he asks her to enter the draft as a wildcard for the Warcross tournament. Her real purpose will be to find and disable a hacker known as Zero. Hideo believes that Zero is one of the contestants. He will pay her 10,000,000 for catching him.

She is surprised that Hideo wants to use her for the games since she has a criminal record. When in high school she hacked into the accounts of some people that were bullying another student and exposed all of their secrets.

To everyone’s surprise, Emika is the first draft pick for a team called The Phoenix Riders. The leader of her team is Asher. Emika will be the architect of their group. The other team members are Hammie, Roshan, and DJ Ren.

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Hideo announces that he is shipping his new Warcross lenses (like contact lenses) around the world for free.

As Emika trains with her team, she finds that she is very behind because she has always used a hacked account to play Warcross. She was never able to get past a level in the twenties.

In her spare time, she finds a way to hack into everyone’s personal accounts so that she can flag any suspicious activity. She even accidentally hacks into Hideo’s account but doesn’t dig into it. Emika finds that Ren is set to meet someone in the Dark World, a virtuality reality world where illegal deals are made that runs parallel to the Warcross world.

When she follows Ren into the Dark World, she sees Zero but can’t see his face or anything about him. He wears black coated armor in the virtual world. Ren and several others communicate with him through the gambling bids on the next Warcross game. She realizes that Zero has given them coordinates that are all over the world.

Emika starts to spend more time with Hideo, and he gives her a program that will allow her to take info from Ren during her team’s first match.

During this match, she not only gathers some information from Ren but she also helps her team win against a team called the Demon Brigade. Using Hideo’s program, she grabs the name of a program from Ren, and it leads her to believe that they will be going after Hideo. Just before the match is over, Emika sees Zero in the Warcross game, but no one else seemed to notice him. When they are back in the real world, in the Tokyo arena, the power cuts off, and a shooter attempts to assassinate Hideo. One of his bodyguards is shot instead.

Emika visits Hideo afterward. He lets her know how he feels about her but is worried about them having a relationship. He refuses to leave the city to protect himself.

They spend more time together, and Emika continues to train and get to know her teammates better. Hammie knows that something is up with Emika.

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Hideo takes her to see his family‘s home where his mother and father still live. They are both in poor health. He usually doesn’t talk about his family with anyone, but he tells Emika about his little brother, Sasuke Tanaka, who was kidnapped many years ago. Hideo created the game in memory of him.

In the next battle against the Cloud Knights, Emika tries to follow Ren but he leads her into a trap where she is cornered by Zero who knows that she is onto him. He makes her look very bad in the game–as if she gave up on her team. He tells her that she can either come join him or he will expose her. She refuses.

After the game her teammates are livid, but she doesn’t know how to tell them about what happened without endangering them. Zero visit her again and takes away her memories of her father. He exposes her and Hideo’s relationship then blows up the building where she and her teammates live. The team is OK, but Ren is kicked off the team. Hideo takes her off the team as well and tells her to leave. He also still refuses to leave town.

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She tells her teammates what is going on and asks them to help. She will take on Zero anyway. She doesn’t tell Hideo what she has planned. She learns that another player named Tremaine from another team was also a bounty hunter for Hideo.

She has learned that something is going down in the final game when viewers around the world are at the highest.

She goes back to the Dark World where she bids on and wins two very powerful and very expensive power-ups. She also steals one called Play God that will allow her to change anything in the game. Her three remaining teammates help her out when things go wrong in the Dark World.

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She breaks into the final game between the Phoenixes and Andromeda by taking over the avatar of her replacement recruit. She successfully wins the game and stops Zero. But he calls her a fool. His plan all along has been to stop Hideo. She is confused and doesn’t know what this means.

Later Hideo tells her that his free NeuroLink lenses will use an algorithm to control people’s brains—even after they take them off. When they are mad or display other negative emotions, it will calm them or even stop them from doing bad things. It will almost completely eliminate crime. She doesn’t agree with this and refuses to help him. She swears she will stop him. Unfortunately, she now wears part of his plan over her own eye.

She meets back up with her teammates as well as other professional Warcross players, and they discuss what to do next. They discover from Emika’s memory files of the games that Zero’s identity was exposed briefly. He is Sasuke, Hideo’s long-ago kidnapped brother. Later Sasuke, not knowing that Emika knows his identity, tells her that his offer for her to join him still stands.

There you go! That’s what happened in Warcross. Hope youenjoyed this recap of Warcross with spoilers.

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FAQs

What happens in the book Warcross? ›

The novel focuses on 18-year-old Emika Chen who, after losing her father and being expelled from high school, turns to Warcross to escape from her hardships. To make a living, she becomes a bounty hunter—an individual who tracks down perpetrators of crimes related to Warcross, such as gambling.

Who does emika end up with in Warcross? ›

Emika finds out that Hideo is still very attached to her, and after seeing him, agrees to meet him again. She explains what happened, and they mend their ties and form a relationship again. After all that happens, it is speculated that they are still together.

What is the climax in Warcross? ›

The climax is when the Phoenix Riders' house gets blown up by Zero right after he stole Emika's memories on her account and exposes her relationship with Hideo. He also asks Emika to work for him and offers her even more money than Hideo did.

What was Hideos plan in Warcross? ›

Hideo wants Emika to pursue a criminal he nicknamed Zero, who tried to hack the NeuroLink and Warcross to download data. Emika takes the job and a spot on a Warcross team for the world championship games to play undercover. Her Phoenix Rider teammates include Asher, Hammie, Roshan, and Ren.

What is the main conflict in Warcross? ›

Central Conflict

A hacker with the default marker "Zero" gets past the NeuroLink's highly advanced security walls and threatens their system and the national warcross championship games.

Does Warcross end on a cliffhanger? ›

Emika doesn't make a decision just then, leaving the book on a cliffhanger, though it can be inferred that she will likely join Zero's team and work against Hideo now. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Warcross.

Are Warcross and legend connected? ›

The rumor is TRUE! Legend and Warcross exist in the same world.

Who was zero in Warcross? ›

Zero, aka Sasuke Tanaka, is a human turned computer program and the main antagonist of the novel Warcross. Zero's life began as a Japanese boy named Sasuke Tanaka, the brother of future millionaire and tech innovator, Hideo Tanaka. When he was young, Zero was kidnapped by a mad scientist named Dr. Taylor.

Will Warcross be a movie? ›

Will the Warcross adaptation be a Movie or a Series? It's planned as an episodic series.

What happens at the end of wildcard? ›

Nick is again attacked by DeMarco and his men and this time he is forced to kill them to put an end to it all. In the last scene, Nick is seen driving out of Vegas for good to move off closer to his dream of sailing in a boat with a picturesque backdrop.

What happened to Hideo Tanaka? ›

Tanaka died of stomach cancer on July 9, 2011.

Is Sasuke Tanaka alive? ›

Dana Taylor and others at the Japan Innovation Institute of Technology. He is the human mind of Sasuke Tanaka and an artificial programme.
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Zero.
Zero
Birth Name:Sasuke Tanaka
Age:12 (does not age past this)
Fate:Alive (Immortal)
Physical Information
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What happened to Sasuke in Warcross? ›

The main obstacle Hideo faces in book one (Warcross) is Zero, a faceless hacker that Hideo hires Emika Chen to hunt down. However, this villainous persona is actually Sasuke. Sasuke is not truly alive, as it is revealed that he died years earlier on a gurney in a laboratory.

How old is emika in Warcross? ›

We meet 18-year-old Emika Chen, days from being evicted. She's been on her own since her father died, making a living as a quick-thinking bounty hunter. With mounting debt and little hope, she hacks into the opening game of the Warcross Championships, hoping to make some quick cash.

Who is Kenn in Warcross? ›

Kenn Edon. This blonde-haired character is the creative director of Warcross.

Is Warcross worth reading? ›

Ultimately, Warcross is absolutely worth the read and I highly recommend it for those looking to reach that last end-of-summer popcorn itch.

Is Warcross dystopian? ›

Warcross is a particularly intricately-created dystopian novel with a futuristic world that seems more and more possible in real life with every passing year. Wealthy and famous Warcross creator, Hideo Tanaka, has created a game that the entire world plays.

What did emika do during the game Demon Brigade? ›

At the climax of the match, Emika uses her rope to lasso and harness the ice dragon; then she directs it to swallow the Demon Brigade captain Jena MacNeil. When Jena regenerates far behind, Asher snatches the Artifact. The Phoenix Riders win.

Do Day and June end up together? ›

Around this time, Day revealed all of his feelings for June, and basically begging her to say she doesn't love him so he can move one, and keep June emotionally well without him. June confesses her love for Day, both to his joy and grief. This results in a speechless bed affair getting them back together.

Does June appear in rebel? ›

Unlike the first three “Legend” books, “Rebel” didn't have any of June's narration, but the romance scenes still had the same magic. The only issue was that the story simply wasn't focused on them enough. Yes, there were some parts of “Rebel” that felt out of place in the “Legend” world.

Is Asher wing related to Daniel wing? ›

EDEN. Asher Wing. WING. His older brother is DANIEL WING.

How old was Hideo Tanaka when he created Warcross? ›

When he was thirteen years old, tech prodigy Hideo Tanaka invented the NeuroLink and Warcross, the highly addictive game that took the world by storm.

Is Warcross a TV series? ›

Warcross (TV Series) - IMDb.

When was Warcross published? ›

Is Warcross a real game? ›

Warcross is a video game created by Hideo Tanaka at the age of 13. Players either wear the NeuroLink glasses or contacts to see the virtual reality world of warcross. The game is on a player v.s player basis, where the ultimate goal is to get to the other team's Artifact before they get yours.

What are books like Warcross? ›

Warcross

Is there a third book in the Warcross series? ›

Marie Lu⁷ on Twitter: "Yes, WARCROSS is a duology so WILDCARD is the finale! 😱 https://t.co/eOgFEwJJSF" / Twitter.

Who is Roxy in Wild Card? ›

Wild Card (2015) - Anne Heche as Roxy - IMDb.

What happens in Wild Card book? ›

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.

What is the plot of Wild Card? ›

What did Kane Tanaka do for a living? ›

She is the oldest verified Japanese person and the second-oldest verified person ever, after Jeanne Calment.
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Kane Tanaka
OccupationStore owner
Known forOldest known living person (2018 – 2022) Oldest verified Japanese person ever Second-oldest verified person ever
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What happened to Sasuke wildcard? ›

Over time, Sasuke lost more and more of his humanity as his mind was downloaded into data, eventually becoming emotionally detached from the people that he had once loved, such as Hideo and his family. By the time his body had succumbed to the disease, his mind had been fully downloaded.

How many books has Marie Lu written? ›

Marie Lu

Who wrote Warcross? ›

From #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.

Who is the antagonist in Warcross? ›

Characters. Emika Chen is the main character. She is a skilled hacker who is hired by Hideo Tanaka, creator of Warcross. Zero is the main antagonist of the story.

Who is the protagonist in Warcross? ›

The main character is Emika Chen, a rainbow-haired hacker who is buried in debts. She takes a huge risk by hacking into one of the Warcross championship games to steal a rare power-up she can sell for an unimaginable amount of money.

What happens at the end of wildcard? ›

Nick is again attacked by DeMarco and his men and this time he is forced to kill them to put an end to it all. In the last scene, Nick is seen driving out of Vegas for good to move off closer to his dream of sailing in a boat with a picturesque backdrop.

Is Warcross worth reading? ›

Ultimately, Warcross is absolutely worth the read and I highly recommend it for those looking to reach that last end-of-summer popcorn itch.

Who was zero in Warcross? ›

Zero, aka Sasuke Tanaka, is a human turned computer program and the main antagonist of the novel Warcross. Zero's life began as a Japanese boy named Sasuke Tanaka, the brother of future millionaire and tech innovator, Hideo Tanaka. When he was young, Zero was kidnapped by a mad scientist named Dr. Taylor.

What happens in wildcard by Marie Lu? ›

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.

Who is Roxy in Wild Card? ›

Wild Card (2015) - Anne Heche as Roxy - IMDb.

Is Wild Card A remake of heat? ›

The excitement at the idea of a new script from Goldman, though, dissipates when you realize that “Wild Card” is a remake of “Heat,” a 1986 film of Goldman's 1985 novel that knocked Burt Reynolds off his perch atop the box office.

Who plays Cassandra Wild Card? ›

Wild Card (2015) - Hope Davis as Cassandra - IMDb.

Will Warcross be a movie? ›

Will the Warcross adaptation be a Movie or a Series? It's planned as an episodic series.

What age is the book Warcross for? ›

Ages 12–up.

How old is Hideo Tanaka in Warcross? ›

Hideo Tanaka
Hideo Tanaka
Birth Name:Hideo Tanaka
Age:21
Occupation:Creator of Warcross (Game) CEO of Henka games (former)
Fate:Alive
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What did emika do during the game Demon Brigade? ›

At the climax of the match, Emika uses her rope to lasso and harness the ice dragon; then she directs it to swallow the Demon Brigade captain Jena MacNeil. When Jena regenerates far behind, Asher snatches the Artifact. The Phoenix Riders win.

Is Sasuke zero in Warcross? ›

Dana Taylor and others at the Japan Innovation Institute of Technology. He is the human mind of Sasuke Tanaka and an artificial programme.
...
Zero.
Zero
Birth Name:Sasuke Tanaka
Age:12 (does not age past this)
Fate:Alive (Immortal)
Physical Information
8 more rows

Is Warcross a dystopia? ›

'Young People Who Do Extraordinary Things' Are The Norm In Marie Lu's YA World The best-selling young adult author specializes in dystopian fiction. Her latest, Warcross, is set in the not-too-distant future, and draws on Lu's time working in the video game industry.

What is the theme of wildcard? ›

But at the center of Wildcard is a deeply emotional story of fear, grief, morality, and humanity as it intersects with the pursuit of technology and science. Marie Lu goes beyond telling a thrilling sci-fi story based on a virtual reality world to present a thoughtful allegory of our digital culture.

Does Warcross have a sequel? ›

The incredible sequel to sci-fi thriller Warcross by bestselling author Marie Lu. Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to - Hideo Tanaka.

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