Wildcard by Marie Lu

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“Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there’s a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on.” 

I was a little disappointed with Wildcard. I loved Warcross when I read a few months ago and I was expecting Wildcard to blow me away. I was a little sad when it didn’t but I still had a lot of fun reading it

Wildcard follows the immediate aftermath of Emika Chen’s entry into the Warcross Championship, the reveal of the controlling NeuroLink algorithm. I can’t reveal too much about the plot because of spoilers.

I loved being reunited with all the characters again. I really liked getting to know more about Zero.I never expected his backstory to be so emotional, he suffered a lot during his childhood and you really felt for him. I love the Phoenix Riders, and I really wished they had played a bigger role in this book. Without the games they got pushed aside,they have such a supportive friendship! Emika wasnt as amazing of a character as she was in Warcross. In the first book she only had to to rely on herself but in Wildcard she second guesses herself a lot. She also struggles with her feelings for Hideo.

“That’s the difference between the real and the virtual. Reality is where you can lose the ones you love. Reality is the place where you can feel the cracks in your heart.” 

This had a different vibe from the first book, but I still really enjoyed it. Its a bit slower paced. What I loved about Warcross was the games, and the intricate way Marie Lu wrote about them. Wildcard had a lot less to do with the games, which I understand, but it saddened me a little. In this second installment it was written more like a sci-fi novel and I think that was the problem for me, as I’m not a huge sci-fi fan but I still really enjoyed the story.

I would highly recommend this series to everyone and anyone.


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