Friday, November 9, 2018

Review: Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu

*This review contains spoilers for the first book.
Wildcard by Marie LuWildcard
(Warcross #2)
by Marie Lu
September 18, 2018
341 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
All bets are off. This time the gamble is survival.

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?


While I haven't been dying to read Wildcard it has been a most anticipated book for me this year. Warcross really opened my eyes. Yes, I know there have been a few futuristic novels before this duology came along (most notably Ready Player One) but my first taste was with Warcross so I was majorly impressed!

Wildcard picks up shortly where Warcross left off. Emika is racing against time to stop Hideo from gaining total control of the population through his NeuroLink. The story was super stimulating. I could never anticipate what the next move would be. The chase scenes, the technical maneuvers and the emotional conflicts all heightened the already high stakes. Tension and chaos permeated the atmosphere. This duology would make a pretty awesome big screen adaptation!

Marie Lu really made me care for her characters. Emika has had to make some difficult choices but she stood firm in what she believed in. The Phoenix Riders were amazing with their unwavering support. Hideo was harder to predict but I will say he lived up to my expectations. Even though they were on opposing sides throughout Wildcard, Emika and Hideo's stolen moments made me happy. More than anyone else the two of them deserve happiness!

It was quite heartbreaking to learn of what happened to Sasuke. Hearing it reminded me of this Chinese drama I used to love when I was younger. What a twist Zero turned out to be. His real form blew my mind. I honestly wouldn't have thought to think of it. A big round of applause to Marie Lu!

Wildcard is a fantastic finale. It cleaned up all the loose threads while leaving some things open to our imagination. If you're a reader and a gamer then this duology will definitely appeal to you. It was eye-opening for me even though I'm not much of a player!

4 Cats
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not affected in any way.

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