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Book Review #10: Wildcard

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Title: Wildcard
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 20th September 2018
Rating: 🌟🌟
Summary: 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?


First of all, am I reading the same book as this one? I feel like Emika was suddenly so weak in this story. She didn’t know what to do. Everything she did was only because she was told by someone else. Not to mention her romance with Hideo. Am I the only one who dislike their chemistry at all?

Pardon me for being so absolutely rude today because this book was supposed to be a great ending for the duology. Somehow, however, I felt it lacked what it’s supposed to be. I have started this long ago, around September when it’s already published. Curious with what could go on after Wildcard, of course I’m so excited! However, it was so bland somehow. The thing about Hideo’s plan, Phoenix Rider’s team, the villains, all so flat.

When you found out about the plot twist, it didn’t make me spill my tea, it just made me think, “Oh really? Is this how you want to play it out?” Even then it was not surprising. Lack of conflicts, lack of strong characters, and I feel like the background characters were just put there as a cameo instead. Not much to be told. And the Ending??? Oh my gosh, that was the most ridiculous ending I have ever read. I thought at least the ending would be promising, but that? No. I am not satisfied and I have to say that this book does not lift up to my expectations at all, especially with many people saying it’s a good book.

There, I said it. The only reason why I still gave this 2 stars instead of 1 is because some background characters and couples are more interesting. Even the past story of Zero. But again, I feel like the back story was kind of ‘forced’. I feel like Lu was out of idea for this series. I feel like Lu is supposed to be writing something more suspense with a little of romance. Something darker.

Okay, now let’s eat some cakes to calm ourselves. Myself, obviously.

What I could say about this book. Maybe Emika should not be clouded with someone’s decisions too much. I know she’s human and she could have doubts. But before, she was mentioned to live alone and surviving. Therefore, she should stick to that the least. And with Hideo, I don’t think what Hideo done was so wrong to the point I would not talk to him anymore. It just, Emika’s affection to Hideo was understandable, but Hideo to Emika? It could be built slowly instead of rushing to the bed scene

Howeever, thank you for introducing me to the world of Warcross. Might I hope one day I could go there and try to play the game (and winning obviously.

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