Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 31st, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Graphic Novel
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In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
If there’s anything that can pull me out of a reading slump, it would be anything related to The Lunar Chronicles, one of my favourite series based on reimagined sci-fi fairytale characters. I’m glad that even upon the conclusion of the series, there’s a short story collection (Stars Above), and a graphic novel series to carry on the Cinder’s legacy.
While we do see our favourite characters in the book, Wires and Nerve primarily follows the ship’s android Iko on her adventures of crime fighting the Queen’s wolf army who is causing havoc back on Earth. I loved how she finds a purpose for herself beyond obsessing about the Commonwealth Balls and daydreaming about Emperor Kai. Being an android who can’t get hurt, she’s the perfect soldier especially with her feisty attitude and her protective nature.
Iko accompanies Cress and Thorne as they prepare for the Gala Ball and use their hacking skills to identify the rest of the wolves. I loved seeing each and every character as they’ve continued on after the series, from Cinder’s unlikely rule, to Cress and Thorne’s adorable travels, and Princess Winter’s new role as the Ambassador of the Earth. We sadly don’t see much of Scarlet and Wolf though, as they’re playing house back in France, but they at least make an appearance in the novel.
The new technology that has been developed following Queen Levana’s rule makes sense, preventing people from being mind controlled. Written by Marissa Meyer, the developments in the story really do make sense, flowing on from the Lunar Chronicles. It’s sad to hear that the crew haven’t been united since the end of the series, but I was really glad to see how they were travelling in this book.
If you’re a Lunar Chronicles fan, Wires and Nerve won’t disappoint as it follows the events of the series. Iko is a great character to follow as she’s completely badass and hilarious, and you’ll love learning about how the other characters are travelling. I also loved the visual treatment of the graphic novel and seeing the characters literally come to life in illustration. While I wasn’t an immediate fan of the art style of the book, it really does grow on you as it really suits the narrative.
Rating: 4 out of 5