Wildcard by Marie Lu
Also by this author: Batman: Nightwalker, Warcross
Series: Warcross #2
Also in this series: Warcross
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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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?
I loved Warcross! It was a favorite of the year and it made me very impatient to read Wildcard. Luckily I was able to get a copy so I could continue on after the cliffhanger of the first book.
In this book the story starts right where the first one left off. We see Emika having to decide what she is going to do about the end of the first book. We need to see what kind or choices she is going to make and which side she is going to be on. I feel that the beginning 50 or so pages of this book were the only ones were we get any slow moving thoughts and where we get to see the characters we really enjoyed from the first book. After the first 50 pages are over you better strap yourself in for a wild ride that will not let up.
The book becomes mostly about very fast paced plot lines after the beginning. There is so much to learn about the “villain” of the first book and as you read this you realize there are so many plot pieces that were not shown to you with the first story. There is so much that Lu wants you to understand about the world and this character from the first book that it leaves very little time for anything else.
I will say that I liked the plot direction that Lu took because it is a wild ride, as I already said. I do have an issue with the character developments though, as in there are none. The main characters from the first book do not really show up much in this one and it is really too bad. Even the main characters feel a little lacking in growth and development in this one because the plot just takes over 90% of the story. There is only a small moment here and there where you get to see the main characters together. I feel the book could have been a little longer so we could have more character interactions instead of all just important plot pieces.
Overall, this is a fun book with a lot of great plot elements. The world of Warcross still really shines in this one and that is the main thing to take away from this conclusion. I do wish that the characters, their stories, and their feelings were more present. I did read an advance copy of this one so many that will be fixed a little in editing but usually once the advance copy is printed the story doesn’t change much. So I liked this story but I think Warcross was better.