wildcard – marie lu | review

Wildcard by Marie Lu
Series: Warcross
Published September 18th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: young adult, science fiction, fantasy

rating: ★★★★★


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?


Reality is where you can lose the ones you love. Reality is the place where you can feel the cracks in your heart.

wildcard showed how dangerous technology can become when hacked or used for harmful and malicious intent. the take on the technology hideo had created took a deeper and more sinister turn. power-hungry people are looking to exploit this technology to be in control.

marie lu hooked me into wildcard with exciting action scenes, shocking revelations and interesting character development. it was loads of fun. the virtual world is as vast as before. this time round, we delve deeper into the dark web. the workings of the underground world is something i would like to explore more about. i loved the japan setting with the overlay of the virtual scenery.

emika is amazing. whenever they hit a tough situation, she’s always one step ahead of everyone, trying to figure things out and her mind runs 24/7. she knows the difference between right and wrong and she’s determined to stop hideo despite her own feelings. i loved her interaction with the rest of the phoenix rider team members. even though she’s out of the team, they still treat her like a member. the unwavering friendship between all of them was touching. they believe in her and will support her actions and decisions, and follow her to do whatever is needed to be done.

hideo isn’t necessarily a horrible person. he just have a very distorted belief of how he should go about using the technology he had developed. he just wants to know what had happened to his brother and who took him away. i don’t think he actually meant for things to go this far but it did, and he’s responsible for it. 

When the world is murky, guide yourself with your own steady light. 

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