Book review – Wildcard (Spoiler Free)

“Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there’s a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on. You don’t stop after you solve one thing. You keep going, you find a new way and a new path, try to do better and create better. Tearing something down isn’t the end; doing something great, or better, something right, is. Or maybe there isn’t such a thing as an end goal at all. You accomplish something, and then you shift, ready to accomplish the next. You keep solving one problem after another until you change the world.”

  • Title: Wildcard
  • Author: Marie Lu
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages: 341 pages
  • Publication date: September 18, 2018
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Wildcard is the second book in the Warcross series. The story continues with Hideo in complete control of the NeuroLink algorithm. Besides the people who have beta lenses, everyone is under Hideo’s influence. Emika cannot trust anyone anymore, even herself since her feelings for Hideo is still strong.

Similar to the first book, this one has a nice flow. The suspense had a great incline with many surprises and mysteries in every chapter. I also love how the whole series dives into Japan and its culture, portraying it well. It’s nice to see a popular book take place in another country. I don’t want to give too much away plot wise, but it’s definitely up there for well written stories.

There were some parts of the book that felt a tad slow. Emika dives into her thoughts for pages, even though she thought about it before. It showed her character well in the sense that she overthinks things, but it does get a bit tiresome toward the end of the book. Her thoughts started repeating without getting anywhere.

Overall, I’d recommend this book. It’s a good read with a good pace. It also brings a realistic end to the series. If you haven’t already, you should check out the series.

Score: 9.5/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.05/5

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