My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Wildcard is the conclusion to the Warcross duology and I was not ready for this story to end. Warcross by Marie Lu took us on an epic journey into a different reality and a near-future world in which both augmented and virtual reality are just a part of daily life. The first book ended unbelievably and I couldn’t wait to see where the author took us in the second – I was not disappointed.
As it did in the first book, the scenes that take place in the game of Warcross were fantastic. I could see each move and landscape in my mind as if the game were truly playing out. Those were the aspects that shone for me most of all. That being said, there was a lot less of the game in this book than the first one. Some of the scenes were still full of action, but there was more backstory and character development in this book. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact, I loved it, but it did cause the pacing to drag a little at times so that brought my overall rating down half of a star.
A really enjoyed the characters from the first book in the series and they were still as fun as they were in the beginning. While we got to see less of the Phoenix Riders, I felt that we got so much more character development from Emika, Hideo, and Zero. Those three were the key players and who we spent the most time with. (Even though Hideo was more talked about, then actively participating for the first half of the book.) That being said, we also got to meet Jax and I loved her as a character. Despite being introduced later in the overall story I felt that she had enough time to shine. Her character was well fleshed out and dimensional.
Yes, I had some small issues with the book that brought down my rating slightly – but overall, I found this to be a fantastic and satisfying conclusion to the Warcross duology.