Wildcard (Warcross #2) By Marie Lu [Review]

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)RELEASE DATE: September 14th 2017
 Marie Lu
Young-Adult,  Sci-fi, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Penguin Australia


For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. And teenage hacker Emika Chen has found herself caught up in a conflict that could change the world.

Warcross creator, Hideo Tanaka, wants to use to the game to control peoples’ thoughts and feelings, effectively ending free will – Zero, a mysterious (and dangerous) hacker, wants to stop him.

Now Emika must decide who she will fight for. The game is on .





MY REV (Copy)

“Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there’s a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on. 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.”

Wildcard was a thrilling sequel to Warcross. It’s a sequel filled with lots of surprising twists and turns. The plot was unpredictable unlike the first book. I’m glad the author focused a bit more on the secondary characters. The only issue I had with this book was the ending which felt rushed apart from that it was a good conclusion. The following review contains spoilers for the first book, If you haven’t read it yet then skip reading it.

The story picks up three days after the events in Warcross where Hideo triggers the algorithm which makes all the people who uses Henka Games new lenses are under his control. They’re unable to break the law or harm other person. Emika isn’t comfortable with Hideo playing god and controlling human emotions. She doesn’t want to be part of his plans so she quits. Soon she’s approached by the mysterious Zero who wants her to join him to stop Hideo’s plans. Emika is still uncertain about Zero and she can’t believe that he’s Sasuke Tanaka, Hideo’s lost brother. Emika doesn’t know whom to trust but in the end she had to make a choice and save the world.

Emika was still a great character who stood strong and fought for what is right. She’s a loyal friend and I admired her strong determination. Hideo is a very much stubborn and broody character. He’s still reluctant to stop the algorithm even after learning there’s some errors in it. He believes with his algorithm that he’s doing a lot of good to the people so he doesn’t feel guilty about controlling their emotions. I really liked Hideo’s character in this book. What he’s done is not right, but I still can’t seem to hate this guy because he doesn’t have evil intentions. I enjoyed Emika and Hideo together. After how they’ve parted ways in the first book, there’re some little hate vibes going on between them but their attraction had never faded. I also loved the Phoenix riders team! In this book, we get to know a bit more about Hammie, Roshan, Tremaine, and Ash. We’re also introduced to some new characters and my favorite was Ash. She was totally kickass! Sasuke was an interesting character who harbored many secrets.

The plot was very much engaging! Even though it was different than what I had expected it to be, I still enjoyed the whole journey. It has a slow start, the pace picks up speed as the story progresses. There’re a lot of surprising twist and turns in this book which kept me interested till the end. I really liked how the author focused more on the friendship aspect which was actually lacked in the first book. The ending felt rushed which was the only issue I had with this book. The book was written in Emika’s first person POV. The author’s writing was really good. The world building was great. I liked the idea of Dark world, a secret place where a lot of criminal and dangerous activities takes place like selling of illegal weapons, darkcross games etc. I really liked the Darkcross games, I wish there was more of it in this book.

Overall, I enjoyed it! It was fun ride filled with twists and turns, action, adventure, and romance. Marie did a great job in writing it! It’s not a total perfection but still a good conclusion to the series and I’ll definitely look forward to her next work.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend this duology to all the people who loves action packed YA sci-fi books.


Recommend it?
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I highly recommend this duology to all the readers who loves action packed YA sci-fi books!


[4/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
Please feel free to comment below!

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14 thoughts on “Wildcard (Warcross #2) By Marie Lu [Review]

  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends May 21, 2019 / 1:57 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one Raven! I agree that the ending was a bit rushed. I wanted to see more of Emika’s life after everything was done.

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  2. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) May 21, 2019 / 9:54 am

    Great review. I haven’t read this one yet and I need to reread the first one because I forget too much (typical) but I’ve been nervous because of mixed reviews on the sequel. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it. I really do want to get to it this year.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions May 22, 2019 / 12:06 am

      Thank you, Melanie! The mixed reviews made me a bit nervous at the beginning but I’m glad it worked out for me. The plot took a surprising turn in this book and maybe that’s why it got mixed reviews. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it when you finally get around to it! 😊


  3. stephaniesbookreviews May 22, 2019 / 5:13 am

    I didn’t realize this was only a duology. I might have to start it now since all the books in the series are published. Great review!

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  4. Beware Of The Reader May 22, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    I haven’t read it so far but do plan to as I have the first book on my shelves!!! And I am very happy that you loved that series Raven as it does bode well for me!

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  5. Marie May 26, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    Ahh this is a lovely review, Raven! I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed this sequel overall, I’ve been so so nervous about reading it, since I’ve heard SO many mixed things about it overall. You made me impatient to get to it again, thank you 😀

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions June 2, 2019 / 4:24 am

      Thank you, Marie! Yeah, I’ve heard the mixed reviews too! This wasn’t really a bad read and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did! *Sorry for the late reply!*

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  6. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer May 28, 2019 / 5:18 am

    I haven’t jumped on this one yet because of all the mixes reviews. I always appreciate when you enjoy a book though Raven. I feel like you are someone I can trust. Great review and makes me want to read again! ❤️

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