Review: Wildcard (Marie Lu)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

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?


RATING

4 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

My review for Warcross.

I am happy to say that I truly enjoy reading this sequel to Warcross. Despite all of the mixed reviews on Goodreads regarding the story and characters, it does not stop me from enjoying it. It is way better than I anticipated!

After reading The Young Elites trilogy, I was kinda disappointed because there was no specialty about it whatsoever. However, this series blown me away! I have never enjoyed reading science fiction this much other than this series. Some sci-fi series are pretty much bland with no clear plot but this one is truly the best out there! I live for good sci-fi stories with elements of morality and Wildcard is one of them. It is not like other sci-fi stories that leave you completely confused with the story.

Even though I have read Warcross during January last year, I don’t have any difficulty in comprehending the story at all. The story is fantastic, honestly I don’t know what to expect from the story while reading since anything can happen to the characters. Marie Lu’s writing is always amazing and it never fails to make me captivated.

All of the explanation on artificial intelligence are very interesting to ponder and how scientists used to imagine stuffs about A.I. back then and turn them into reality is so surreal. Preserving human intelligence in A.I. is totally their goal that they want to achieve someday. However, abusing other people by implementing immoral human experimentation to achieve their goal does not abide to the Law of Nature. At the end of the day, people only care about your end result of the experiment, they don’t bother to know what is the true cost of it.

I totally recommend you guys to start reading this series because they are so well-done!

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Sabrina

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Review: Archenemies (Marissa Meyer)

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Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Publisher: 
Macmillan Children’s Book
Publication Date: 
November 15th 2018
Format: 
Paperback
Source: 
Pansing Books
Page Count:
474

Blurb from Goodreads:

Part thriller, part superhero fantasy, here is the fiercely awaited sequel to the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Are Nova and Adrian each other’s worst nightmare?

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.


RATING

3.5 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

Okay now that I have finished reading this, I am glad to say that Archenemies is slightly better than the first book, Renegades.

Even though it progresses late, it is easier for me to read and understand the world since I have finished reading Renegades. The pace picks up after a few chapters and that is where all the drama starts and establishes.

The plot however, is very uncertain for me to say the least. While reading I am not sure what really is the main story here in the book – what we know is only the main character’s motivation for vengeance. Some parts are very much repetitive without no progression – like the main character’s aim to attack the villains (in her own opinion) with the lack of conviction and breakthroughs. There are many filler chapters that are not needed and can be cut off from the book. While reading I have this feeling of wanting to get rid of these filler chapters as soon as possible because I cannot stand reading a book without any progress. Slow is the proper word for this book. I cannot believe that the main protagnists still haven’t revealed their own identities in this second book to each other, and that shows how the third book will tell more on that part. I am also interested to see how the reaction of the entire Renegades when they know their true identity.

The only thing that is good is about the progress at the end of the book. I am relieved that things are getting serious and intense with the main character’s part in getting revenge. I am scared and at the same time, confused with what the final book will become. Is it going to be as bad as the first book or good? Fingers crossed that the book will be great because I spend so much time reading this 1000 word-series.

This book also discusses about grey areas, for instance on how we are supposed to react  to a situation or problem when the rules are not clear. The protagonist will surely have a hard time deciding what she is going to do towards her enemies in the final book, knowing that she has become so close with them.

I am still going to give a chance for this series, because I love Marissa Meyer and I still hope this series is going to be great!

Now that we have know the title of the third book, which is Supernova. I like that the title relates to the name of our protagonist, Nova and I am sure the book will tell us deeply on her journey in finding vengeance to the villains. I cannot wait to finish the series and finally give my thoughts on the series as a whole.

Thank you Pansing for providing me this copy!

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Sabrina

Review: Renegades (Marissa Meyer)

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Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Publisher: 
Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: 
November 7th 2017
Format: 
Paperback
Source: 
Pansing Books
Page Count:
552

Blurb from Goodreads:

Secret Identities. 
Extraordinary Powers. 
She wants vengeance. He wants justice. 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies–humans with extraordinary abilities–who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice–and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


RATING

3.0 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

Initial Thoughts:

Believe it or not, I have waited since 2017 to read this and finally I have finished it! Marissa Meyer is one of my favourite authors because The Lunar Chronicles made me fall in love with her writing. I would not want to miss this oppurtunity reading another book from her.

However, it took me almost 2 months for me to pick this up once I received it, because I was very intimidated by the appearance of the book. It is 552 pages long and I have never read any other book which has 500 pages except Harry Potter. I was scared that I might be disappointed with this but I got nothing to lose, so I just gave it a try then.

After Reading Thoughts:

Alright, that book is very long.

It is not necessarily a bad thing you know. Long books can be very good as well but some long books can have so many fillers such as this book here.

It is hard reading the first 50 pages because I don’t know what the hell that is going on most of the time, but when I go through the next part it starts to get interesting and easy to comprehend after that.

The story mainly revolves around superheroes and villains, both fighting each other to serve justice. This concept is clearly new to me, and it is refreshing to see how the world evolves after the war and how, from scrapes, they can manage to build a new era of vast technology. The idea of superheroes truly amazes me throughout the book, it tells how people develop superpowers from young or even since they are born. However, superpowers can be abused. The result of power abuse leads to rise of villains, which their main aim is to topple governments. The politics keep me going, as some of the characters have their own story and desire to make changes in the society.

However, there is no speciality or plus point in the book. I am hoping for something bombastic and extraordinary plotlines, subplots or even revelation in the story, but there is not. Maybe I am hoping too much since The Lunar Chronicles is very great in terms of character development, plotlines and also the plot twists. It is disappointing that I don’t really enjoy this as much I enjoy reading The Lunar Chronicles so it is a sign for me to put my expectation low for the next book, Archenemies. I feel like this book does not have the charm like her other books. Besides, I don’t think that the 500 pages is worth it though, they can just cut it short to 300 pages and it will do just fine. The characters have so much potential in developing but they sort of become so bland that they are nearly forgettable in the story. I really hope Archenemies will be better than Renegades.

Thank you very much Pansing Books for providing this copy.

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Sabrina