Book Review: Wildcard

29386918Warcross was one of my favorite books last year. The best way to describe it is Ready Player One meets Hunger Games for an interesting new world. Wildcard was not a disappointment.

You can read my review of Warcross here.

Warcross left off with Emika Chen facing Zero, the hacker of the Warcross games and NeuroLink. Hideo hired her to find Zero, but the discovery of who Zero really is stops her.

Zero’s identity sends the whole plan into chaos. He reveals Hideo’s true plan with the NeuroLink, to control people’s minds and use them to find his lost brother. Emika tries to get Hideo to change his mind, but his determination to find Sasuke clouds his vision.

Emika joins forces with Zero and the Blackcoats to hack into the NeuroLink and stop Hideo. But the whole plan is deeper than what Emika expects and she finds herself in dangerous waters. Emika needs to team up with her Warcross friends to help stop the world’s most dangerous people.

Wildcard really takes the reader on a wild ride. The book is just over 300 pages, but there is so much adventure packed into the pages. As I followed Emika through her quest to do the right thing I was constantly surprised by how deep this story went.

Marie Lu has done an excellent job with creating another story with Warcross. This book is not as focused on the game itself, but the control of this powerful tool. My only negative to this book is that Emika was not a strong character as she was in Warcross. Emika acts as everyone else’s pawn and really makes little decisions for herself. If she was presented as a strong, female lead character, I would have given it a higher rating. But the plot and story kept me intrigued and blew my mind.

Wildcard by Mari Lu receives 4 stars.

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