Wildcard by Marie Lu
Series: Warcross #2
Also in this series: Warcross
Format: ARC provided by Penguin Teen Canada
Published by Penguin Random House
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science-fiction
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Happy book birthday to Wildcard by Marie Lu! The second book of the Warcross duology is finally out and as I LOVED Warcross, I could not resist diving one more time in this (virtual) world!
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?
Back to the Warcross game… but everything is not shiny anymore
After the revelation at the end of Warcross, I was not sure what to expect. Well, Marie Lu does not wait for one page to get her main character, Emika, back into action. How to stop Hideo’s from having complete control over everyone? How not to get killed? On which side to go? Everything is in the shades of grey here. And Emika is in the middle of it all. She joins the Blackcoasts, self-named vigilantes, to stop Hideo, but can the cure be worse than the disease? In Wildcard, the reality is hard to define, and no one is innocent. People all follow their own agenda, hunting for revenge or power, and Emika and her friends are the few looking to save everybody.
Who is behind Zero?
A big part of Wildcard evolves around Zero. Who he is and how he came to be. Here again, Marie Lu shows her talent for plot twists and big reveals and I was really mind blown! There was a very interesting ARC for his characters and the people surrounding him. He was also a connection to the Warcross game and the virtual world. I loved this part of the first book SO MUCH (all the virtual items and the world games and all), I was happy to find it back here, even if twisted thanks to Zero’s mind. I only wish there was even more!
And ending a bit… frustrating
I really REALLY wanted to love this book 100% but unfortunately, it was not the case. I found some actions to be a bit too easy. Mostly at the end of the book. I won’t say exactly what, as it’s a spoiler-free review, but it was all a bit too smooth and easy… and unrealistic. This really was the worst for me because I like consistency in my readings. If you pretend your characters are going through something, please make it realistic. That really made me close the book with a bit of a bitter feeling.
In a few words
A good ending for this duology, especially when it comes to one of my favorite characters ever, Emika. I also adore this virtual world created by Marie Lu and would love to see the Neurolink come true one day (please please please). Minus the loss of free will of course;)
Have you read this book? Do you plan to?
See you for a cup!