Wildcard – by Marie Lu

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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?

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I was able to read Warcross last year and I was pretty excited to get this book from my library.  Sadly pretty much from the first pages of this book I knew I was not going to like it. Sequels are officially the worst. The first books are so interesting and maybe it’s because they have so much to live up to but I really hate sequels right now.

Wildcard stars off in the worst of all places any book can start and that’s with a dream,(wasn’t this cliche in 2010? What is it doing in a book from 2018?) then it all goes downhill from there.  There is so. much. drama. Oh my god I couldn’t handle the whole thing between Emika and Hideo. It was the worst romance I’ve read in awhile and I didn’t even finish the book!

Speaking of Emika, when did she get to be so boring? I thought she had a fairly strong character in the first book, she was never a fantastic character but she wasn’t boring. In Wildcard she has zero personality. It feels like she’s a puppet being jerked around by the plot and the other characters.

At around page 70-75 I gave up.  None of the other characters were interesting me. Zero was a massive letdown, and the new characters that were being introduced seemed boring as well.  In the end I gave this book 1 star.

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