Wildcard: It’s Time for a Rematch by Marie Lu [Review]

January 16, 2019

Last year, the first book I read was Warcross which was amazing and today I have a review of the first book I finished in 2019 which is a sequel to Wildcard. So it means its a theme to start off the year with Marie Lu’s writing. My review for the first book is here.

DISCLAIMER: If you’ve not yet read Warcross, you might be spoiled.


Book Details

Title: Wildcard: It’s a Rematch || Author: Marie Lu || Sequel to Warcross || Published: September 18, 2018 || Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, action and Adventure || Imprint: Puffin || Publicist: Lorienne Brown || Pages: 346


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?

My Thoughts

Wildcard continues where Warcross left off if I remember correctly which I find perfect in books. Because the time gap for me is kinda of annoying as I get frustrated about the time we jumped, I want to know what happened. But I guess for this series it worked perfectly and it continued seamlessly.

The writing I found was just amazing as in like the first book. The characters were interesting and I was invested in them. I really enjoyed how their relationship developed (friendship or romantic) it was done perfectly. One thing was still maintained for me, and that revolves around Emika’s decisions, I did not understand them in the first book and I still did not understand them now.

The story is made up of so many twists, thus the story is action packed. Bad and evil were portrayed amazingly and those who did not agree with those raised it in a perfect manner as to why they were against certain things. 

The pacing for me was off at times. They were scenes where I felt like dragged for no particular reason, but anyways this book was still amazing.


“When the world is murky, guide yourself with your own steady light.”

“The mind can make you believe whatever it wants you to believe.”

“Everything became amazing; then, everything turned awful. Life is always like that – you don’t know when you’ll suddenly claw your way out of your circumstances, or when you’ll go crashing back down into them.” 


Those were my thoughts, a huge thanks to Penguin Random House SA for sending me a review copy. 

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