I picked up Wildcard by Marie Lu because I loved the first installment of the series, Warcross. Warcross was like capture the flag and Call of Duty met virtual reality. It was amazing.
This book was a mostly satisfying ending to the Warcross duology. I love that the characters stay true to who they are, and their actions bear that out. Wildcard is both commentary and cautionary tale about the ethics of technological advancements. This installment mostly takes place outside the virtual world, and is not as predictable as Warcross, which is always a bonus in my book. The issue with the neurolink and the suicides was not adequately resolved for me. I’ll admit that I wanted the romance to turn out the way it did, but I’m not happy with it, honestly. It’s related to ethics, but I won’t spoil it.
Additionally, I loved the twists and turns that this novel took — the fact even the secondary characters had reasons to make the choices they did that stemmed from their backstories. These characters weren’t flat, which speaks to Lu’s craftsmanship.
Have you read this series? What did you think?
I read it and thought it was great. There were two chapters that had me in tears. When my boy read it, he kept asking me to spoil the ending, LOL.
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Of course he did. I can’t tell you how many of my students did the same thing.