Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu #bookreview #YA #scifi #fantasy

Title: Wildcard

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Page Count: 352

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu

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.


Wildcard by Marie Lu is the second book in the young adult science fiction fantasy Warcross series. With Warcross being one of my top reads last year I was of course looking forward to picking up Wildcard and while it was a decent read I didn’t think it lived quite up to the first of the series.

In Warcross readers were introduced to eighteen year old Emika Chen who had just lost her father and had been doing her best to survive and fend for herself. Three months behind on her rent along with numerous other bills Emika was getting desperate so when she tried to pick up a bounty tracking a wanted criminal and it went wrong Emika was at her wits end with how to make some quick cash.

Rather skilled in hacking Emika decided she was just desperate enough to try to hack into Warcross, a virtual reality game that almost everyone is plugged into daily. When her attempt went horribly wrong and she found herself in front of the world Emika was scared she was on her way to jail. However, what Emika never expected was a call from the creator of Warcross himself looking to hire her for her skills.

Wildcard picked up after the end of Warcross with Emika and her team reeling from finding out just what Hideo had been up to when he hired Emika. While the story was action packed and fast paced I think what I found it lacking in was the rest of the team being a big part and the game itself. With several jaw dropping moments though to the story I still enjoyed this second book, just not quite as much as the first.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites series, 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.


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5 replies

    • Thanks Jennifer! I did see a lot of negative on it and I guess I can understand because it is different but I still enjoyed it myself, just not as much. Absolutely loved Warcross though so if you ever have the time I’d definitely say try it for yourself. 🙂

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