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.
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