Wildcard // I can’t believe it’s over

wildcard.jpgTitle: Wildcard

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Science Fiction

Category: Young Adult

Series info: book 2 of Warcross series



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?


Note: includes spoilers for Warcross.

Warcross is currently my favourite book. There was no other option with a story so brilliant. So you can guess that I was damn excited for Wildcard. Warcross left us at a steep edge and I NEEDED to know what’s next.

The Plot

Hideo controls 99% of the worlds population through his lenses that go with his game, and most popular invention, Warcross. Emika unknowingly helped him, and is now out to stop him.

But all is not what is seems. After she meets Sasuke, also known as Zero, she is thrust into a completely different world that makes her life way more dangerous than she can imagine. Soon she’s juggling secrets and is out to uncover the biggest secret of them all.

My thoughts:

  • Wildcard was like it’s name. It was wild.

I don’t know what I expected exactly, but it definitely was not what I got. And I’m not sure how I feel about that yet.

  • Emika and Hideo were brilliant, as always. I loved the roles they played and everything they went through.

But mostly Emika. She was still hung up over Hideo, started to find solace in her friendship with her Phoenix Riders team, treaded dangerous waters with Zero and crew, and much more.

I squeeze my eyes shut for a moment and lean my head against the wall, then pull down my mask so I can take in some deep gasps of air. A sheen of cold sweat covers my entire body.

In m next life, I’m going to be an accountant.

(^Emika being RELATABLE)


  • The best part was the amount of plot. I LOVED THE PLOT.

We had so much going on and while there was no real build-up, I could feel it because of the anticipation to see how things will play out.

  • There were some really nice lines talking about life, about moving on and I just love them so much, so I’m going to quote them here.

Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there’s a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on.

It was really fitting, especially for me, where these lines were in the book. I needed them lol.

You accomplish something, and then you shift, ready to accomplish the next.

And now for my most favourite line of the book..

You keep solving one problem after another until you change the world.

  • Another really nice addition was friendship focus and the gratitude for having good friends.

It was brought out through Emika and her team of the Phoenix Riders, who were always there for each other. Emika was a lone ranger but became a team player because of them and is damn grateful for having them. I RELATE, OKAY. This friend love is important ❤

  • One thing I’m disappointed about is the execution.

There were MULTIPLE brilliant bombs in the story. The twists made me gasp in the bus, got me to clutch my head between classes and just blew my mind. But all that was because of what the twists were, not how they were executed.

I think the scenes associating the twists could have been written better and in a way that would emphasize on the new information. Instead, the writing was normal. It took me a second the first time to realize that a huge bomb had been dropped.

  • There were also a couple cliche lines that I could not jump onboard with.

We only get one shot to play the game of our lives.

  • While the plot was brilliant, it was stretched.

I found that book 2 went in a completely different direction than what anyone expected, and to do that, some parts of it was really stretched. I did not like that.


I really liked it but I definitely prefer Warcross over Wildcard.

I’m also really attached to the world so saying goodbye was really hard. You can ask my friends because they were there when I was near the end and all I was saying was “I cannot believe it’s over, I don’t want to finish it.”


Have you read Wildcard yet? What did you think?

P.S. here’s a really nice Warcross aesthetic 🙂

2 thoughts on “Wildcard // I can’t believe it’s over”

  1. This fanart and this aesthetic look amazing, wow, that’s exactly how I picture the Warcross series in my head 😀 I have read Warcross a little while ago and loved it so much, I’ve been anticipating Wildcard for a little while now, but haven’t had the chance to read it just yet. I am so nervous to do so, because I’ve read so many mixed reviews out there… I’m so happy you enjoyed it overall, even if you found the execution a bit lacking, you’re making me a bit more excited to read this again so thank you 😀

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