3.18.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? WILDCARD by Marie Lu

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}



Last year I bought my daughter Maya the first book in this duology (a two book series) and read and reviewed it here.

One year later, the conclusion to the story is here…


Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List

Wildcard picks up exactly where Warcross left off. Emika has uncovered Hideo’s evil plan and now she’s determined to stop him. But while she can trust her Phoenix Rider friends, she isn’t sure what to make of Zero. Wildcard is a non-stop action, adventure, science fiction thrill ride! In both the real world and the virtual there’s barely a moment to pause and catch your breath.” 
— Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA 
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An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

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.


My thoughts…

Remember, this is the same author that wrote the Legend trilogy that some of you have started. She loves action, fighting sequences, and technology. She is clearly a gamer and completely at ease with techno worlds. If you were interested in Ready Player One, this might be your kind of book– but at a higher level.

I’ll be honest, there were a couple places that had me scratching my head as I listened… Wait, what?…. How…. What does that mean?….

These kinds of things happen when you sink deep into a virtual world inside of a futuristic fantasy world. How does it all work? Who is the good guy and the bad guy?

These are questions that keep us wondering and guessing.

Some people think that there is no purpose to fiction besides enjoyment. I disagree. Authors use fiction novels to challenge us and our thinking. For example, two big questions I’m wrestling with as a result of this book are:

  1. As awesome as technology is, at what point does it become detrimental to its users… and society as a whole?
  2. Are there immoral ways to catch people breaking the law? Is it by any means necessary? Or do we all have rights that shouldn’t be trampled on?


Tough questions for a book that’s “just fiction”.



So many fascinating factoids in this one. I captures some of the interesting pics and info in Instagram…




Period 2&3 read 8 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 7 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 8 books this past week.

















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