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?
In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.
It’s been exactly a year since I read and reviewed Warcross which opened me up to a whole new world of gaming and virtual reality – which means that it’s also that long since I’ve been waiting for this second book to arrive! If you wanna know my thoughts about Warcross (spoiler: I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!💛), please click on this link. 😉
Wildcard started slow for me, to be quite honest. I had to stop twice just to reassess if I’m still interested to know what happens with Emika and the whole Warcross thing. I’m usually like this when the publication dates of the books in a series are far apart, with the issue of losing interest and all that. But thank heavens, I persevered — because a hundred pages later, I was so hooked! ⚓️
“It’s too late to back away from this…the only way out is through.”
So Wildcard started from exactly where Warcross left off — Emika realizing Hideo wasn’t who she thought he was; Zero still as mysterious as ever but this time goes after Emika himself; the Phoenix Riders backing Emika up with the whole Zero issue.
At the onset, I was constantly asking “okay, so where is this gonna go?” because Zero’s identity was revealed very early on, and I don’t know what twists can possibly come up still. And then, boom. I was thinking of and looking for a twist, and a HUGE TWIST MARIE LU GAVE ME! What was I even thinking, doubting the great Marie Lu’s talent in crafting a good bomb-fucking-shell of a turn!
I was blown away by how Zero’s story was weaved. It has so much depth in it that it will make you feel so many things all at once. The introduction of the Blackcoats was also one that added spice to the whole concept of the story.
As with our resident characters, Emika was still the character that I loved in Warcross. She’s still the feisty-I’m-going-to-solve-this-shit kinda main character, except this time she knows when to seek her friends’ help, which made me like her even more. Hideo was as mysterious (and hot!) as ever. Although I admit even I had doubted his motives, with the Neurolink’s purpose and all, but he’s just so scarred and broken that I was entranced by him the whole time (okay, entranced was too much of a word but you get what I mean!😉).
The Phoenix Riders + Tremaine are like friendship goals, and I loved this touch in the story. Finally, a new character to love and adore — Jax! This girl, man. She’s just so badass, like she’s capable of anything. She can be your best bff in the world, but she can also be your worst enemy capable of killing you in a heartbeat. She’s awesome, I tell you. If you haven’t read Wildcard, her character is definitely to watch for ‘coz she kinda have a vital role in this final book.
I’m just so glad to have gone back and be immersed again in the world of Warcross. Marie Lu’s venture in creating this futuristic world is a huge success, to say the least.
I would like to thank Penguin Random House for generously providing us an ARC of Wildcard, in exchange for an honest review. Much thanks also go to my good friend, Rafael Ray of The Royal Polar Bear Reads for hosting this blog tour. 💛
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their dogs.