Published: September 18, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
“You don’t stop after you solve one thing. You keep going, you find a new way and a new path, try to do better and create better.”
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?
Wildcard is a solid conclusion for Marie Lu’s Warcross Duology. You could truly distinguish the atmosphere of this book from the first one. In the first book, you would see the superficial world. But in this book we get to dive deeper in everything, even why or how the Dark World exists.
The book started with Emika trying to right her wrong doings in the first book. And as she unravels the secret of people that are involved in the mess that she is in, she realized that it is bigger than what she imagined.
The plot of the book would keep you at the edge of your seat. Every chapter would drag you deeper into the world. Even the succession of each events and the choices that Emika has to take is on point. But even though she is having a hard time deciding because of what is at stake, you would see that her belief would not waver a bit. She knows what she wants to do even if she does not have the means yet to do it. And as the story starts to unravel the secret that Emika could not even comprehend is possible it makes me wonder as to how the story will end.
To be honest, I did not expect Marie Lu to end the book that way but I am glad that she did it. It felt realistic and I might have rolled my eyes or like this book less if the story ended differently. I am still iffy with how Champion ended and I was hoping that this time it would be more realistic. And thank goodness that it is.
I like this book so much and I feel like the characters already grew on me. The friendship of the Phoenix Riders and Emika is really touching. And Hideo’s love for his brother is beautiful and heartbreaking. I almost cry with how Hideo and his brother bid their farewell.
BUT the reason why this is not a solid 5/5 moons and just 4.75 out of 5 is a scene in the ending that I think would be much better if it was expounded more than it is. It leaves me wondering as to how it happens and when it happens because I could not see in the whole story line as to how it end up as it is. But other than that I truly enjoyed this book.
I highly recommend this to everyone, especially to those who are trying to get into sci-fi or if you just like a quick read.
That’s all for this review.
Till next time!