New Release Review & Feature: Wildcard by Marie Lu

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New Release Review & Feature: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Warcross and Wildcard are two thrilling rides into the near future and we are here today to talk about them! Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can say about Wildcard without spoiling the ending to Warcross but now that they’re both out in the world, you have no reason not to marathon them (if you haven’t already!). Marie Lu’s video game past is on full display here – let’s dive in!

New Release Review & Feature: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Wildcard (Warcross #2)

by Marie Lu
Narrator: Nancy Wu
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
on September 18, 2018
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 341

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?


Wildcard is an intense follow up to last year’s Warcross and I can’t wait to see the internet unpack everything that is going on there. I love how Marie gave Emika the power she needed to become the woman she is at the end of the book. Also, the audiobook is fantastic, with a full array of emotions captured by narrator Nancy Wu. So let’s talk about how we go from now to Warcross, Wildcard, and Black Mirror…

4 Reasons the World We Live in Today Could Become the World of Warcross & Wildcard

  1. Virtual Reality – We are living in a world where Facebook has 400 employees dedicated to VR technology, along with every major tech company in the world. It doesn’t seem unrealistic that the tech could become standard in every home.
  2. Crime Detection – Minority Report was once just a movie but now it’s a legit thing.
  3. CEOs Playing Politics – Going to space sounded really cool until Elon Musk was discovered to have donated to the Republican Party. It’s no secret or new thing to have the people with money controlling the political scene but it is something worth watching.
  4. Separating the Mind from the Body – So yeah, earlier this year, a team of scientists at Yale revealed they were able to keep the brain of a pig going after it was out of body.

Did anyone catch additional Legend references in Wildcard? I want to hear about them!



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