Hello friends, happy Tuesday! Sorry for the delay in this post – I just graduated, and between returning home, unpacking ALL my stuff, and spending time with my family, I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath!
Still, I did manage to finish one, non-academic book in the last week – Wildcard, the sequel and finale to Marie Lu’s Warcross. I LOVE Marie Lu’s last two series, Legend and The Young Elites, so I was very excited to pick up this latest work.
For some context, Warcross is set up in a world where everyone and everything is connected digitally through a game called…wait for it…Warcross. Emika Chen is a teenage bounty hunter who tracks players who bet on the game illegally, but one day, after an accident caught on live television, she gets a call from Hideo Tanaka, the young creator of Warcross. Hideo wants her to uncover a security problem in this year’s tournament, and so Emika is whisked off to Tokyo, where adventure and mayhem occur.
Warcross left off with Hideo betraying Emika, and warping Warcross to control people’s morality. So, Wildcard begins with this setting, as Emika attempts to destroy Warcross and escape the assassins on her trail, all while still trying to make sense of how the man she loves could do something so horrific.
Personally, I found this series to be ok. Not as well written as Legend, and not as interesting as The Young Elites, but a solid, enjoyable read for the road trip that I was on. The plot is very, very similar to many anime and mange series, so if you enjoy East Asian-based adventure, romance, and science-fiction, then you will love this book.