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PH BLOG TOUR: Wildcard by Marie Lu [REVIEW & GIVEAWAY]


I’m back with another blog tour and this time, it is WILDCARD by Marie Lu!

So, the ever amazing, kind and wonderful friend of mine, Raf of The Royal Polar Bear Reads hosted another stunning PH blog tour. In relation, here’s my review of Warcross (just in case you want to read it).


Title: Wildcard (Warcross #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Physical ARC

Published: September 18, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

ISBN: 9780399548017


Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu

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?

In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.


223095Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their dogs.


September 3 : 
September 4 :
Mary Jane @ She is a Dude
September 5 :
Nikki @ Book Allure
Avy Marielle @ The Reading Fangeek
September 6 :
Soleil @ Queen Soleil
September 7 :
Floricci @ Wanderlust Reader
September 10 :
Kat @ Kat Reads PH
September 11 :
Jonathan @ Wander with Jon
September 12 :
Jenny @ Levicorps Blog
September 13 :
Carmel @ Bookable Reads
September 14 :
Myrth @ Cliste Belle


Thank you Raf of The Royal Polar Bear Reads for letting me participate in the PH Blog Tour of Wildcard. And thank you Penguin Random House International for sending a review copies in exchange of an honest review. (Note: This does not affect my opinion of the book)

Emika Chen is in another adventure where she juggles between the real world and the virtual world. On the other hand, Hideo is still in search of Zero. 

In Wildcard, all unanswered questions and secrets in Warcross are exposed. The world is already built, and it is not that appealing to me anymore. However, how they take advantage of their technology is outstanding, how they thoroughly thought of storing datas, hack peoples’memories and create a“prototype.” It is like cheating our lives using technology but the truth is the technology is cheating on us. Wildcard is a scary world. I do not want to live in a world that technology controls our mind and actions. 

Anyway, for me, Emika is dull in this book. The feels I felt to Emika in Warcross are not there. I do not know if it’s me or maybe she’s not strongly presented here. She is linked to Hideo and Blackcoats that most of the time, she can’t decide for herself. However, I still read some strong points of Emika where she is eager to learn about the truth even if it means risking her own life. Her dedication to finish whatever she started is commendable. Further, Hideo and Zero’s pasts are uncovered. Surprisingly it is shockingly jaw-breaking, especially the truth about Zero. I’ll stop here because I do not want to spoil you guys about it. Further, the Phoenix Riders are not very much highlighted in the story and there are not much Warcross game too. I still love the Phoenix Riders here. They are supportive, dependable and reliable. There are also new characters presented that stands out like Jax, a girl assassin who works with Zero, and Blackcoats, an underground organization that has cause for saving humanity.

Nevertheless, I still enjoy reading this book because I’m also in search about the truth and I think that’s the goal of Wildcard. To answer, reveal and expose all unanswered questions and secrets from Warcross. Though it is duology and Wildcard is the last installment, I felt like there’s something missing that I couldn’t point out. The turn of event did not fail to give me chills. And it reminds me of Lucy and Transcendence movies. 

Honestly, after reading Wildcard, I immediately messaged the host, Raf, to help me gather my thoughts about this book because I can’t believe what I had read. I’m in shock that it is like very unlikely for Marie Lu to write something incompetently. Yes. I must say that after Legend and The Young Elite series, Wildcard is my least favorite. 

However, it teaches me our future is scary. It is not impossible we will have a futuristic world like in Wildcard. There are people who are challenging theirselves and would want to take advantage of the technology and gain power from it. It is scary we’ll lose our sanity and our humanity because of the technology that we will invent or innovate, that it is happening slowly and that in the future, technology beat us up. And I do not want to live in such worlds and do not want my children or my grandchildren to have such worlds.


“There is always a trace.”

“We believe that too much power in the hands of a single entity is always a dangerous thing. So we fight that, whenever and wherever we can.”

“Sometimes, doing the right thing means making hard decisions along the way.”

“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.”

“Lies are told more easily when you don’t see them as lies.”

“…if you’re able to believe anything, then you can believe your way into happiness.”

“Reality is where you can lose the ones you love. Reality is the place where you can feel the cracks in your heart.”

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

“The mind can make you believe whatever it wants you to believe. It can bring dictators to power. It can crumble nations.”

“But sometimes, the need to protect the world from being controlled translates to seizing control for yourself.”

“The world has already shifted because of the past. It’s changed because of it. Make sure it changed for the better.”

“Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there’s a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on. You don’t stop after you solve one thing. You keep going, you find a new way and a new path, try to do better and create better. Tearing something down isn’t the end; doing something great, or better, something right, is. Or maybe there isn’t such a thing as an end goal at all. You accomplish something, and then you shift, ready to accomplish next. You keep solving one problem after another until you change the world.”

“And even though no one is perfect, it doesn’t mean we don’t listen. Become better. There are a million good things left to do, and they can be done responsibly, with thought and respect, without taking away from what’s wonderful about the world.”

“We will never matched, were we? There’s no version of our story that wouldn’t have been doomed from the start.”


(3.5 ★)
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The amazing host of this blog tour is hosting a GIVEAWAY! Up for it? Click here!!!


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