by Marie Lu
My 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?
I thought I loved Warcross but Wildcard takes the cake! I devoured the hell out of this book ya’ll! This picked up right where Warcross left off at and it threw you right into the action.
I loved being reunited with all the characters again. The relationship between Emika and The Phoenix Riders was really warming my heart. It was great to see Emika go from being a loner and actually letting people in and relying on her friends.
I know that a lot of people didn’t like the relationship between Emika and Hideo, but I was that other 1% who was actually cheering them on. I’m going to be honest, Hideo messed up. He should have been honest with her and honest with himself. However, everything wasn’t black and white when it came to him. I did like the way he cared for her and her for him.
The action and suspense here kept me reading way past my bedtime. There were so many plot twists that were happening that I was reeling almost the entire time I was reading. The world building was just as great as in Warcross. I’m still kind of upset that we don’t have this kind of technology here. I loved Marie Lu’s descriptions and everything felt so vivid.
Now I will say that I did expect more from the ending. It didn’t wrap up as nicely as I wanted it to, but I still got a bit of the ending that I wanted. I hate that this duology is over, but I can’t wait to see what else she writes!