In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.
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 and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
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The only thing I didn’t like about this novel was the lack of more Cinder and Kai. (Kidding, but really). The only thing I didn’t like about this novel was the lack of feeling completely cohesive.
I used to think that I wasn’t too picky about the art in graphic novels. Now, I think that I just read a lot of good graphic novels, ones that are usually drawn and written by the main author. As much as I love her writing, Meyer is historically a writer, not a graphic novelist, and I felt that in Wires & Nerve. There were places that were slightly awkward, especially in the beginning, and some of the captions came off as cheesy or overdone. It also didn’t help that the characters didn’t look nearly at all the way that I imagined them in the books.
That’s probably more me than the book though. I enjoyed this one, and I’ll be following up on Iko’s story in the second volume. As for this one, I didn’t know about Wires & Nerve until close to the release day, but as soon as I heard about it, I was excited to return to the world of the Lunar Chronicles. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may know that I have reservations against authors who can’t seem to write anything else (Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, etc.). Even though these authors are near and dear to our hearts, they continue to go back to their worlds with the same plots, their same kinds of characters, and their same kinds of stories.
Marissa Meyer is not among those authors.
First of all, she has Heartless, and second of all, she manages to continue stretching the world of the Lunar Chronicles in a way that’s refreshing, believable, and entertaining. Granted, that was Rick Riordan up until the release of the Magnus Chase books, but you get my point.
I was never super into Iko. I enjoyed reading about her on the sidelines, but she was never more than a nice supporting character to me. With Wires & Nerve, I came to care about her much more and consider her role on the Rampion and in Cinder’s life. Iko’s in a weird place of not being human but seeming human because of the human-like appearance she has in the graphic novel, and Meyer completely took advantage of the opportunity to talk about Iko’s insecurities and the weird place that androids occupy in that world and in this one.
It was also great to see what happened after the end of Winter. We catch up on all fronts, with each of the characters, and get to see the progress that they’re making in addition to building Iko’s story. I loved the development that Meyer showed, especially in Cinder.
Overall, Wires & Nerve felt a touch awkward, but I really enjoyed seeing these characters again and following up on their adventures after the end of the main series. Would recommend for any fan of the Lunar Chronicles! 3.5 stars.
ICYMI: I did a recap of the launch for Wires & Nerve, and I’m giving away a signed copy of this book + swag! Check it out below ↓↓↓