Wildcard (Warcross #2)by Published 18 Sep 2018
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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?
"Wildcard (Warcross #2)" Reviews
We got a cover y'all...And it's kinda ugly.
And honestly, I'm kinda disappointed but also not too surprised I don't know what it is but I'm just not feeling these covers. But hey, at least it stuck to the same theme as Warcorss! At this point, that's all I can ask for.
How do you guys feel about the cover?
It's got a title y'all!!!!!!!!!
I'm so pumped for this book!
Book one had me like:
Waiting for books two like:
My review for book one: HERE
When I die, I want Marie Lu to lower me into my grave so she can let me down one last time.
Finishing this book was a personal achievement but you can’t really brag about that at dinner parties. It’s just…the kind of book you read, and it fills you with the wrong things: you use a lot of energy to get through each chapter, and in the end, you feel emptier and less comfortable than ever.
I loved Warcross, and it floored me to read this book and experience such a sudden shift—I feel as though a script had been shuffled and I’d been handed the wrong pages. The utter wrongness of it, the way it won’t fit in my head, keeps coming back to me again and again, as if I’ve only just read it. I was SO excited and SO full of an unnamed wanting that I couldn't wait to read this book. Honestly, there has to be some fundamental law of the universe against sequels that don’t live up to their prequels, and if there isn't, I want it written somewhere that I am conscientiously objecting.
The concept and execution in this book are so divorced as to bear no relation to one another. But the biggest problem with the story was the pacing. It takes a long time for the plot to really kick in, trusting on the reader to be invested enough in the possibilities of the story to make it there. Unfortunately, there isn’t really an infinite store of patience to be had, and every page lasts for what is likely only a minute but seems to drag across several years. Eventually, the boredom quickly swallowed my enthusiasm so that what was left simply felt like utter indifference.
I must’ve really liked Emika Chen at some point—but I can no longer accurately place her in my head. She gets just enough attention to make it clear she’s important, but that importance never really goes anywhere. We’re expected to believe that she is the fulcrum around which the fate of everyone turns, yet now that I think about it, days later, with the clarity of thought necessary to step back from my disappointment and truly look at what she has done, I realize that her contribution to the narrative racks up to a sum of exactly 0. The people actively attempting to see the pathway out of their problem and into a solution is everyone else but her. Same thing for Hideo: he only haunts the edges of the story but never gets quite enough focus to mean much. I was so artfully uninterested in whatever outcome they bring about until we reach the ending and I realize with enormous indignation that they get to collect all the benefits without having done any of the work. Seriously, what the hell did they actually do?
I was also disappointed that at one point, what seemed like the lead-up to a thrilling Warcross game didn’t materialize at all—actually, there is a huge shortage of Warcross in this book. I guess the book was less interested in that aspect than I was, and cast it off relatively quickly in favor of pursuing a less enjoyable narrative cobbled together with few plot twists that—when taken all together—didn't quite reach the high water mark set by the first novel, and building up to an ending and denouement that somehow skirt the edge of taste to be ludicrous and not the least bit satisfying.
It’s really a sad thought, but there’s a saving grace: Emika’s team. I was so excited to know them and know the gestalt of who they are, and fortunately for me, we do! Learning about Tremaine and Roshan’s backstory, Hammie’s family, Hammie and Asher’s relationship was about the only thing that buoyed my spirits.
Seriously. Has anyone else ever been so disappointed by their most anticipated book that they've had the sudden urge to just disappear to another country, erase their history, re-write their identity, and become a mysterious figure who has never been photographed but occasionally appears in paintings done by unknown artists?
Because that’s how I feel about this book in general.
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update march 26, 2018:
WE HAVE A TITLE! I love it!
I need it nowwwwww
Phew! I was SO nervous going into this, but Marie Lu did not disappoint.
The story picks up shortly after where Warcross left off - and to be completely honest, if it's been a while since you've read Warcross, I'd recommend either rereading or refreshing yourself on the characters. I didn't, and I kept forgetting who was who in terms of the Pheonix Riders/etc (I know, I'm terrible). With that said, I had a * little * bit of a struggle in the first 20-ish percent - it wasn't that the pacing was slow, I think my brain was just trying to catch up.
Obviously, spoilers for book one, so read the below at your own risk!
With the algorithm in place, and Hideo basically controlling everyone (why is this so appealing? lol) - Emika knows she needs to do SOMETHING, and Zero is trying to convince her to work alongside him to stop his brother. But there lies a bigger problem: Emika suuuuper does not trust Zero. Only... it turns out... someone tries to kill her, so Zero to the rescue - wahoo! And then the plot takes off, and things get nuts, and the last half - let me tell you - is non stop action. Like, hello, I am still gasping for air.
But I can't say much more without revealing important plot details that I think should be a surprise - and I assure you, the surprises are MANY. Marie Lu can write some damn twists. Instead, I'll just hint at some tidbits that I know everyone is DYING to know about - without giving anything away.
1. Do Hideo and Emika get screentime together (because let's face it, most of us still shipped them after book two)?
Oh yeah. Ohhhh yeah. Yep. Yes. Their moments miiiight have been the best part of the book.
2. Do we get more information on Zero?
Chyeah we do. Oh my gosh. THIS. I can't. I can't. My heartstrings - I think Marie stole them. As an author, she's always been SO strong at character depth and emotion, and she doesn't disappoint here. Zero and his story heighten the plot to a new level, and what you'll learn is a game changer. And no, I doubt you'll be able to guess any of it.
3. More Warcross games?
Heck yes. Though, again, this is where a refresher from book one would help, because I couldn't help but feel a bit lost at times. I couldn't remember how they worked. Either way, they were fun though!
All in all, this was a fantastic end to Emika's story. I was SUPER worried because I thought there was no way this could end in a way that was satisfying. And while I can't say much about the end, I'll say I think Marie Lu did it justice - spinning it in ways I couldn't have predicted. I mean, my heart is punctured a little, but that's to be expected (and no, not in the way you think).
Lastly, I have to comment on the writing, because ahhhh HOW IS SHE SO GOOD. Also, If you haven't picked up Marie's other series, Legend, you're missing out!
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Okay, so I've been seeing not so great reviews for this and I'm oficially scared. Pls don't hurt me by being bad, book. PLEASE.
So apparently I have a hate-to-love relationship with the covers for this series lol
Ain't love a funny thing? When I first saw them, let me tell ya, I was not a fan, but I like book one so much that it makes me believe I actually like both covers now haha
September is not near enough, gimme Wildcard nooow!