Wildcard by Marie Lu
Star rating: ★★★★ ☆ 4/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Emika Chen teams up with unlikely allies to stop Hideo’s algorithm.
Review: I liked the first book better, mainly because the Warcross scenes were much better. In this book the game of Warcross didn’t have the same level of importance. There were a few moments, but overall it had way more real life action.
I liked that contact between Emika and Hideo wasn’t completely cut off like I thought it would be after the end of the first book. They don’t go crazy with each other which is nice because it creates some good tension. I really like them both together and they have a lot to work out, I like that they have a more complex relationship.
Emika felt weird in this book, her personality felt less. I don’t know if that is due to her being less of a loner or what. She definitely seems to have left her hacker skills behind. She barely does any and when she does she uses other people’s codes. She was so genius in the first book and she just seems subpar.
Even with Emika’s character taking a nosedive, I still really enjoyed this book. I thought the plot was really interesting and there were quite a few twists I could not see coming. Super entertaining, and would probably make a decent film adaptation.
I’m a bit curious to see more of this world but I do think Lu ties it all up pretty well in the end. It was a very satisfying ending, I liked how I didn’t feel like anything was unfair or what have you.
Recommendation: It’s a good ending to the series, the first book is more fun for me personally but they’re both fun books.
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