TITLE: Wildcard

AUTHOR: Marie Lu

Rating: ★★★★★

PAGES: 352

PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers


GENRE(S): Fantasy, Science Fiction

The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Wildcard by Marie Lu Book Cover - The Contented Reader

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?


This was a fantastic end to an epic sci-fi duology, and in my opinion, was definitely better than the first!

Wildcard is the sequel to Warcross, which tells the story of Emika Chen who accidentally hacks into the opening ceremony of the Warcross championships. Because of this, she is quickly swept off to Tokyo to work for the creator of  Warcross, Hideo Tanaka.

Wildcard picks up right where we left off in Warcross and without spoiling anything, begins an epic adventure full of mystery, suspense and twists!

I really did enjoy both Emika and Hideo’s characters in the first novel. Hideo’s character was annoying at times. But, I definitely grew more attached to both of these characters throughout Wildcard. You will find yourself rooting for these characters!

This book has a mysterious element to it. Emika is working to find truth throughout the length of the novel and as a reader, you’re hoping she finds it. But, Lu does not make it easy! There are constant twists and turns that often had me surprised. I hate when I can predict what is going to happen and this didn’t happen once! Lu has a fantastic way of revealing information that will leave you shocked and surprised.

I absolutely love this book and think it’s even better than the first. The ending is conclusive and satisfying and I am pleased with how everything is wrapped up! But, in my opinion, Lu has left the world open for the future if she ever chooses to add more to the series. This is really exciting and I’m curious to see if she ever makes that decision!

While this was the first series I have ever read by Marie Lu, I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future. Her writing style is wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed this series in general.

I highly recommend picking this book up when it releases. It’s an epic conclusion that is sure to leave you with a book hangover!

That's the difference between the real and the virtual. Reality is where you can lose the ones you love. Reality is the place where you can feel the cracks in your heart.

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About The Author

Marie Lu Author Photo - The Contented ReaderMarie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series.  She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist.  Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting struck in traffic.  She lives in Los Angeles with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their dogs.

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!


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