Oh man, I didn't even realize how much I was missing Marie Lu's unique virtual world. A couple of chapters in I was giddy sitting in my reading chair with a cheesy smile on my face.
Unfortunately, I learned a life lesson the hard way: don't drink a glass of red wine while reading a library book. My German Shepard mix, Loki, who loves to push his head under your arm forcing you to give him pats, did just that as I was holding a glass of wine. It splashed onto the pages of this glorious new library book, the red blotches staring at me screaming "Shame!" Thankfully, it wasn't a big deal. The librarian forgave me and said she's seen much worse. (Like parents bringing back children books covered in vomit. Can we not?)
Much misfortune was bestowed on me as I read Wildcard, I also ran over my glasses. Yes, with my car. So while I was waiting for my new pair to come in, I was hardcore rocking duct tape. They kept sloping to the right and I found myself tilting my head in order to see clearly. Thank goodness we live in a world of rush shipping.
Enough about me! Lets get to the review. If you need a refresher on Warcross, the first in the duology, you can read my review here.
Wildcard picks up right where Warcross left off. Emika Chen has survived the Warcross Championships, but with the knowledge behind Hideo's new NueroLink algorithm, she has to put a stop to his plans. Little does she know, someone has put a lofty bounty on her life, and the Blackcoats, led by Zero offer her a chance for survival. Of course, her protection comes with a price, and she's swept into yet another deadly game. Read a full summary here.
I will say, while I enjoyed this book, it was a little lacking compared to Warcross. The game of Warcross itself is what was so enjoyable about the first book, and we got maybe 2 Warcross scenes this book. Not a deal breaker, but the character development this time around was also poor. Emika Chen used to exhibit some will power and drive, and in Wildcard she was very much a pawn to others. Plus, the Phoenix Riders were nonexistent. *Sigh* It's like everything I loved about Warcross was taken away in Wildcard.
BUT one thing did remain a constant: the technology. Lu's virtual world is something that could very well be developed in the future, which I think plays a huge part in reader's enjoyment of her series. Wildcard questions the possibility of downloading someone's mind and soul to a computer. This concept has already been discussed in the technological world, along with the morality of it. Will we ever get there? Who knows. It's a thought provoking idea, and reading about the process being carried out, along with the consequences, made for an interesting plot.
I'd probably give it a solid 3 stars. I think the duology would make a great Christmas gift for the teen in your life who loves video games or YA Lit.
I was reading Liane Moriarty's new book, Nine Perfect Strangers, but with Thanksgiving I just didn't get through it. It was due back at the library because 7 people have it on hold. I can't even be mad about it.
Thankfully, my sweet friend Lisa Ann Gallagher just send me her latest novel, The Gatherers, so I'll be cracking into that one next. I can't wait!