ABOUT THE BOOK:
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publication Date: September 18th 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
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.
This review may contain spoilers from book one. So if you haven’t read Warcross yet, then get out of here and go get yourself a copy! DO IT! You’ll thank me later.
Now, I assume that you’ve read Warcross and (like 90% of the people in the book community) you are also giddily waiting for the sequel? Well, you’re in for quite a ride.
First off, you should know that WARCROSS LEFT ME WITH A LOT OF EMOTIONS. Check out my book review of book one for proof. Warcross made me want to scream at the first person I saw to release all my bubbling emotions. But at the same time, it made me stare at the wall for what felt like hours, thinking about what I just read. I had little to no idea what might happen next, I needed answers. I NEEDED BOOK TWO.
Fast forward to June 2018, when Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads blessed us with the news that he will be hosting a blog tour for the second (and final) book in the Warcross universe, Wildcard. You can already imagine me jumping up and down and, once again, wanting to scream at the first person I will see to release all my excitement. And here I am, finally sharing my thoughts for one of the most anticipated book releases this 2018.
Each page was as gripping as the last.
Wildcard begins its story a few days after the last events of the first book. Hideo’s control over the NeuroLink has begun, and the damage it has caused several people is clear as day. Not to mention the damage of his relationship with our rainbow-haired protagonist, Emika Chen. Marie Lu does not waste precious
time paper people! With every page, we are rewarded with info that will feed our hunger to continue reading the book. Emika is trying to fight for what she knows is right without letting her heart cloud her judgement, which is kind of old news. What’s new is that she is “recruited” by Zero’s team, The Blackcoats, to take down Hideo. But everything comes with a price, and while she is still dealing with the current problem at hand a.k.a her ex-lover’s control over mankind, new ones emerge and make things worse. Poor Emika, can’t take a break to do some sightseeing and just enjoy Tokyo’s beauty. The Phoenix Riders has her back though. *wink wink nudge nudge*
Was it better than Warcross?
No. Not enough Phoenix Riders for me to be honest. But the thing is, Warcross was an excellent book to begin with. I remember the jaw-dropping plot, the start of an unforgettable universe as well as characters, the incredible arenas, the colorful streets of Tokyo, and the other exciting places it offered, I wasn’t surprised that I found myself still loving the first book more. But that does not mean that I hated the sequel. This finale may not have surpassed its predecessor when it came to the action and excitement from the Warcross games that the first book offered, but Wildcard stands out in it’s own way as it introduces us to a whole new (and darker) version of neo-Tokyo.
The reveals are crazier than you imagined!
Marie Lu has managed to twist the story further and make the stakes higher. Ultimately, we will see the consequences of Hideo’s terrible actions, and what path he will choose in the end. Other than that, there are lots of stories to look forward to. Both from the main characters and the supporting ones. We will finally get the answers we desperately asked the author right after we finish the first book, and more. And let me tell you, each revelation is breathtaking. You might need to settle into your comfiest piece of furniture before starting this one heck of a finale.
Extraordinary and captivatingly written, Wildcard will grip your full attention and never let it go until the very last page. Get ready.
Huge thanks to Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads and Penguin Random House International for providing the Advance Reader’s Copy. However, this does not affect my review of the book.
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