Wildcard is the second, and final, book in the Warcross series. I loved Warcross. It is high on my most favorite books I read this year, and I gave it five stars. That is not something I do often. Most books are just not great, Warcross was great.
Wildcard is a good novel, but not as good as Warcross. It would be easy to judge it harshly because of what it could have lived up to. Yet, it was still a good novel. Part of the book dragged a little, and there were parts of the plot that had me rolling my eyes. However, overall it showed that humans are complex beings. Nothing in the world is black and white.
In the acknowledgements Lu mentioned that Wildcard did not write as easily as Warcross did. I think this, ultimately, is what came through. It is not that Wildcard is not a great novel. It was just not as smooth as Warcross was. It was not able to live up to it's predecessor. I plan to reread Warcross (next year at some point) and after I will reread Wildcard. I am looking forward to the reread. I have a feeling that Wildcard will be more enjoyable the second time around. I think knowing what is happening will allow me to enjoy it in the moment more.
I love the dystopian genre. I think there is something about tarring down the system and making the world a better place that resonates with our current society. Just look at the protest in Hong Kong. We are living in a world that needs to be fixed. I think that is why dystopian literature is so popular at the moment, and why it is mostly geared towards young adults.
I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up The Woodlands. It was free and looked interesting. I had no idea that it was going to be such an amazing series, well book since I have not finished the series.
The writing is good, allowing you to forget the words and get lost in the characters. The characters have their flaws, but that is what helps make them real. I found them to be realistic and agreeable given the society.
The plot is interesting. It is not majorly unique in dystopian literature. However it is not boring and overdone as well. I cannot wait until I get book two and continue on in the series.
Space Opera is humor science fiction in the tradition of Douglas Adams. I have not read good humor science fiction in a while, so it was a very exciting read. However, I found the novel to be a bit too modeled after Adams without enough variation in the ridiculous, to the point where you could easily predict the ridiculous. Doesn't that go against the point?
Unlike most novels, I enjoyed the beginning of Space Opera much more than the ending. The ending was extremely expected and then weirdly done - and not the good kind of weird. There is one aspect of the book, which I cannot explain without spoilers, that happened on nearly the last page of the novel. I feel it would have been better to have done it about midway. I knew it was going to happen from about the third chapter and waiting for it, and waiting for it, kind of ruined part of the story.
There are also parts of the story that the author held back with only spoilers. It almost seems like she couldn't decide what happened to a character, then half way through she decided. Instead of going back and reworking it into the beginning she just kept it as is.
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