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"Teenage hacker Emika Chen embarks on a mission to unravel a sinister plot and is forced to join forces with a shadowy organization known as the Blackcoats"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399547997
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 16, 2020

Sequels so often disappoint, but I am pleased to say that this is not one of them. It is action packed, contains some plot twists, and really nicely ties up the story. This was a great series!

ArapahoeDax Apr 07, 2020

High octane action from start to finish. I never felt like I could take a breath since it was a constant uphill battle. I appreciated getting to know more of the Phoenix Riders and seeing Emika open herself up to getting help from others.Marie Lu does a great job of making you care about these people even if they came off as unlovable or just annoying in the first novel. This duology is worth finishing!

Aug 05, 2019

Okay ending to warcross but not as good as the 1st book. 13+ Emika's story gets an ending after she encovers the secret to Zero's forgotten, dangerous past.

spl_merley Dec 13, 2018

As much as new technology has the potential to free us to accomplish incredible things there is the equal possibility that it can change how we live in ways that we could not have imagined. That tension unfolds in interesting and startling turns in this suspenseful, twisting, action story which gaming and virtual reality geeks will relish. This Young Adult book may also strike a note with adults who will enjoy the complicated plot as the lines between what is real and virtual cross and become blurred.

LoganLib_Kirra Oct 31, 2018

Warcross introduced Marie Lu's readers to the stunning world of virtual reality with an online game millions log into everyday called Warcross. Emika Chen was a bounty hunter tracking down people illegally betting on games in Warcross until she made herself an overnight worldwide sensation by hacking into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships. Now, after discovering the true intentions behind the creation of Warcross and the NeuroLink Emika has a hefty target on her head and a responsibility towards doing what is right and putting her own feelings and empathy aside. Wildcard was a great continuation from the first book and the story was just as compelling and entertaining.

PimaLib_ChristineR Oct 10, 2018

4 ⭐ - Don't read this review if you haven't read Warcross as it will include Warcross spoilers. Once this sequel gets going it's non-stop action. Emika knows that Heido has done something terrible for good reasons. Now that his algorithm has taken over the majority of the world through their link to the NeuroLink, his goal to find his brother's kidnappers seems no closer to fruition, while criminals are turning themselves in at record rates. But like anything that reduces free will there are questions. Who controls this power? Can it be bought? Will certain people be exempted? Emika can't believe this is the right choice.

On the other hand, she knows that Zero is Heido's long-sought brother. Why is he working against Heido and not rushing to reveal himself? The questions of power behind both sides of this equation are fascinating and how Lu plays them against each other will keep you turning pages. Emika grows and changes as a person and I love how Lu brings in Emika's teammates from the previous novel and fleshes out their backstories as well. Emika's decisions at the end are questionable in their reality. I will say that the one gay relationship and the romantic tensions between Roshan and Tremaine was done well, probably better than any other relationship in the novel. On the other hand, I felt that Lu wanted to try to be inclusive but just threw in a character, Jesse, who used "they" pronouns, but who wasn't otherwise fleshed out.

My one star off is for the first 100/150 pages for pacing, and some of the leaps of logic that take place. I know Lu has to set this up to give us that "up against the clock" feeling but some of the setups didn't really make sense to me. And the technology. What happened to the technology??!! Virtual reality and the NeuroLink made sense in book one, but suddenly we're presented with a ghost in the machine and a... I can't even tell you. It would be a spoiler if it weren't so ridiculous.

Finally, if you loved Warcross for Warcross: the descriptions of the games and how they're played, you're probably not going to love Wildcard.

Sep 23, 2018

The second book in the Warcross world definitely doesn’t disappoint and is such a good sequel to the first book, Warcross. There are even more plot twists, and the way she dives into the characters' minds is insane. The backstories of many of the characters are so complex and interesting to learn about, and the book just dives into these stories, makes you really feel for the characters, and makes you love them or hate them. You also get to dive more into Emika’s teammates which I think is really neat. This book is definitely more serious than Warcross and has less of the game itself and more about how people have been affected by the new lenses. I still love the series and I couldn’t put the book down! There weren’t any plot holes that I could spot and the motives and ideas were so carefully crafted and detailed. Also, good LGBTQ+ representation and the book deals with some heavier topics such as suicide. I really loved it as a sequel to Warcross and it ended with an unexpected but pretty great ending. @Libretto of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Wildcard by Marie Lu is the sequel to the 2017 bestseller, Warcross. Personally, I found myself greatly disappointed in this continuation of Emika's story. I loved every part of Warcross, but I felt that Wildcard lacked in every aspect that made Warcross great. There was no world building, which was one of the things that immersed me into the story. The characters seemed bland and forgettable though this may have been because of the slow pacing of the book, where at times it felt like I was forcing myself to continue. The plot of this book and the former don't seem to correlate well enough to make sense. At points I felt that Wildcard was merely a poorly fan made attempt at a sequel. Not to mention the ending which seemed anti-climactic and bland. I was let down with this sequel, and though I'd 100% recommend Warcross I can't say the same about Wildcard. 2.5 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning book, Warcross is here! After finding out the truth about Hideo’s algorithm, Emika starts doubting the man that she looks up to and loves. Emika and the Phoenix riders come up with a plan, not long before Emika starts working with Zero. She must hack into Hideo’s mind and change the large problem behind the Neurolink. However, many obstacles are blocking her such as the large bounty put on Emika in the Dark World. I am so happy about this sequel. If you ask people about the sequels they will often tell you that the first book was better. However, I think that Warcross and Wildcard provided the same thrill, mystery, and adventure that all Warcross readers love. I highly recommend this book after you read Warcross. It is an amazing book and I am very sad that the series has come to an end. I recommend the Warcross series for anyone ages thirteen and older. Rating- 5/5 stars
@readit12 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board


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cmlibrary_jcurrie Aug 26, 2020

In the sequel to Warcross, Emika is trying to recover from Hideo’s betrayal, she discovered that he is planning to put everyone in the world under his control. He isn’t trying to rule the world or anything like that, he is trying to save the world from bad people but Emika feels that this isn’t right. All of Hideo’s inventions started because of the kidnapping of his little brother Sasuke. Sasuke was taken from the park, where he was playing with Hideo, never to be seen again. Emika is in a moral dilemma because she does understand Hideo’s motivation for his project, but she doesn’t believe this should be legal, especially when people start committing suicide. Emika is convinced that she must stop his plan and save Hideo from himself.

spl_merley Dec 13, 2018

Wildcard is the sequel and conclusion to Warcross. In Warcross bounty hunter, hacker and loner Emika Chen is caught hacking into an international virtual reality tournament and finds herself drawn into the world of high stakes international competition, free flowing money and the dangers that lurk in the dark side of the virtual world. Wildcard finds Chen facing a new set of challenges as she is forced to navigate complicated allegiances, betrayals, and dangerous secrets. As a former ally and hero turns the technology of the virtual world into a tool for controlling the free will of anyone connected to the technology Chen must decide whether she can convince them to change their plans or if she will have to seize control herself. To survive Chen will need both her excellent hacking skills and a keen ability to read people and situations and depending on who the real foe is even those skills may not be enough.


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We fight for survival with everything we’ve got, as if the oxygen mask and the seat belt and avoidance of a square of chocolate cake might be the thing that saves us. That’s the difference between the real and the virtual. Reality is where you can lose the ones you love. Reality is the place where you can feel the cracks in your heart.


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