Wildcard by Marie Lu
Released: September 18th, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages/Hours: 352 pages / 10 hrs 51 mins
Buy it: Amazon | Audible | Local Bookstore
You can find my review of the first book WARCROSS here!
BOOK SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS
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?
WHAT I LOVED.
I may have startled a few people on the subway while reading this cus I kept going “OH DAMN!”
The twists and turns took this book in the complete opposite direction from where I thought it was going to go. Like seriously I came into this book thinking I had the whole thing figured out and Marie Lu was like “HA HA BITCH YOU THOUGHT?!”
I was disappointed with Warcross’s predictability and lack of depth for the characters so I was worried this would be more of the same but I can say that some of the character development is superb! The Zero stuff in particular is so heartbreaking and haunting and ones of my favorite parts of the book.
There isn’t as much of the actual game in this one, which is just fine by me because uh..well…I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE GAME THE FIRST TIME AROUND?! SO!? I think this might upset some people who enjoyed the first book, but for me I found the rest of it wildly entertaining!
There is also like a random extravagant party which despite the fact that it seemed to be absolutely pointless – gives Emika an excuse to wear the BA-JESUS out of a dress and be serving all kinds of looks AND HONESTLY SURE. WHY NOT. Go to a party girl! Get your freak on or whatever. You look amazing and I support you.
WHAT WAS MEH.
There are a few little flubups that bothered me:
- Emika doesn’t really….do much??? My beautiful rainbow girl just kinda hangs out with different people, learns some facts, and sees some things. But again it feels like things are just happening to her, and she’s super reactionary.
- The Phoenix Riders are still NOT IN IT ENOUGH!
- Something about the last act of the book felt…rushed? Maybe? It’s hard to put my finger on it for sure but it seemed almost like a tv show who is SURE they’re gonna get another season, only to find out they’ve been cancelled and have to wrap everything up super quick? If that makes sense.
- There is this one horrifying fact about the Space Shuttle Challenger that will like pop into my brain right before I’m about to fall asleep and it is just a real bummer. A REAL bummer.
HELLO I AM NEVER GETTING OVER HIDEO TANAKA. Like seriously never ever. I’ll take that hottie with me to the end of time for REAL. I am not sure how I feel about his ending though, and I can’t wait to hear what you all think when you read it.
This is usually wear I put my SPOILER thoughts but I don’t have any SPOILERY BITS right now since the book isn’t out yet and I don’t want to risk spoiling it for anyone BUT! Will be updating this review after the release!
WORTH THE READ?
YES it is! I mean okay, I was a disappointed with Warcross and I think I even mentioned waiting until the sequel came out to see if it was worth reading them both, but for me Wildcard really comes THROUGH! It elevates the relationships and storylines to make it a totally epic conclusion to the story.
PLUS I will support Asian American writers/characters with the fire of a thousand suns. Actually Wildcard kindof kicked off my summer of Asian readings! I unintentionally have been only reading books starring (and written by) Asians (I followed this with Girls of Paper and Fire and Ignite the Stars)! Pair that with Crazy Rich Asians AND To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and I’m having such a glorious summer, my half-Filipino heart is SO SO FULL!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
If you pre-order Wildcard (and let’s be real you should always pre-order books when you can!) You can submit your receipt and get this fun swag bag of Warcross stuff for free??? You can go here to read all about it!
Are you excited to read Wildcard?! How do you think it’s all gonna end?
Also fun fact disclaimer thingy: I received this ARC from Penguin Teen after a job interview! 😆
How AWESOME is that?!