Wildcard by Marie Lu

Straight off the bat, this series has given me major Ready Player One vibes. It has the same basic premise: the world has become hooked on a high tech virtual reality world which a big bad guy wants to take advantage of. The first book in this series, Warcross, was a fun, but majorly forgettable book. My hopes weren’t high for Wildcard (it didn’t feel necessary after Warcross) and unfortunately, this book really didn’t deliver.

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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