Wildcard by Marie Lu
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 18, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
“The mind can make you believe whatever it wants you to believe.”
Darker and higher stakes, Wildcard peels back another layer of the colorful world but this time, it isn’t as bright.
If you haven’t read Warcross, stop and read it then check out my review for the first one here!
We are back in the world of Warcross but this time we are navigating through a world that teeters between ethical and unethical, trustworthy and untrustworthy, and what’s real and what’s not.
Lu left us reeling with who Zero is and what Emika was going to do about it. New problems and new solutions. Every locked door has a key.
This book didn’t really go in the direction I expected it to but I definitely enjoyed it. Marie Lu is really good at what she does and though she said this book was her trouble child, all the troubles were worth it. Because the semester took away any free time to read, this book took me ages to finish. This made me forget a bit of what Hideo did to make Emika mad in the first book, so I wanted her to forgive him immediately.
Lu’s ability to write a morally challenging story is a big part of why I loved this book. I wanted Emika to run back into Hideo’s arms, but I also wanted justice. I didn’t know who to trust in the book and who was telling the truth. With the algorithm running and going deeper into the Dark World, it was hard to separate reality from virtual.
I still loved Emika’s Warcross friends and how fiercely loyal they are to each other. I paid a little more attention to Asher knowing that he’s distantly related to Day from Legend. I love a good spinoff that is done well.
Since this is a sequel, I don’t want to go into too much detail. I just want to leave you with this: Wildcard is the perfect follow up to Warcross. Though a duology, the story doesn’t feel lacking in any way or rushed to be finished. I did wonder how she would wrap it up from what I know from Legend, but she left it with just enough to the imagination. Both are entertaining and quick reads. I could’ve read both in a week if life would’ve allowed me to. Definitely pick up Wildcard if you’ve read Warcross, and for sure pick up Warcross because there’s something for everyone and its technology isn’t too far away from what we have now. I think this series will be landing on my favorites at the end of this year.