I recently read the sampler of Wildcard by Marie Lu that I picked up at San Diego Comic-con, and I have some thoughts. Warcross was a lot of fun, and I am excited about this finale. There are a few things I am hoping for throughout the course of the book though, and fair warning there will be some spoilers for Warcross in this post. You can read my Warcross review here.
“Hideo was a trap, too, Ash…and none of us saw that coming.”
Hands up if you saw it coming! In all seriousness, the twists and turns in Warcross were a little predictable, but I still enjoyed the book immensely. It’s not a hardcore drama by any means, but it is full of action and heart. Personally, I love Emika Chen and I would read almost any book with her at the helm. Most of my hopes for Wildcard revolve around her.
Emika please, for the love of your fans, drop Hideo like a hot potato. I’m worried that a lot of Wildcard is going to focus on her unresolved feelings for him, and I am over it. He’s bad news! There is an atmosphere of paranoia in the sampler cultivated by Hideo’s evil deeds, and I think it will make for a really compelling book. I am both excited and terrified to see what Emika will have to come up against.
Overall, I think I will pick up Wildcard though there are some plot elements I hope don’t take up too much focus. I think this installment will feel more like The Matrix than Ready Player One. That will open up a lot of new techy opportunities for Emika and co. that I am looking forward to reading in full.
Are you planning to read Wildcard? Let me know in the comments!