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Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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"The Lunar Chronicles continue in this entertaining graphic novel sequel to the existing volumes. This follow-up to the futuristic fairy-tale retellings centers on Iko, cyborg mechanic Cinder’s best friend. Acclimating to her human body, the android is trying to help Queen Cinder of Luna ease tensions with Earth by hunting down rogue wolf-hybrid soldiers who were once enslaved by Cinder’s evil stepmother and have now been banished to the green planet. Joined by other familiar characters (Cress, Winter, Thorne), loyal Iko defends the new queen against her enemies. Fans will be able to jump easily into this narrative and will welcome the protagonist’s humorous commentary and the friends’ camaraderie. Newcomers will be helped by a prologue that introduces all of the main characters and flashbacks that are sprinkled throughout. This first volume in a duology is split into seven chapters, each action-packed and fast-paced. The romantic tension building up between Iko and a protective royal guard not only is juicy but also speaks to deeper themes―humanity, loyalty, prejudice, sovereignty, and more. The blue and white monochromatic art lends itself well to the setting: a futuristic Earth and the Lunar kingdom. VERDICT The diverse cast, the charming dialogue, and the clean design make this sci-fi fantasy sequel a must-have for graphic novel and YA collections." ―School Library Journal
"Meyer focuses on Iko, Cinder’s cheeky sidekick and an assassin agent sent to hunt down the wolf-soldier hybrids that are plaguing Earth. Unlike some of the previous novels, this story doesn’t require preexisting knowledge of the series, easily catching up fans and new readers alike with capsule introductions to Cress and other members of the Rampion crew in a prologue. Iko is an entertainingly flippant yet formidable heroine, a former servant droid who now inhabits an escort’s body and takes on bloodthirsty enemies as though she were invincible. ... Holgate’s dynamic, stylized artwork handily balances the story’s action and humor while bringing Meyer’s world to vivid life." ―Publishers Weekly
"Fans of The Lunar Chronicles and new readers alike will be delighted ... beloved worlds and characters have smoothly transitioned into graphic format, and a thorough character introduction and quick recap will help new readers feel right at home... Energetic and entertaining with the right balance of action, humor, and romance. Though Iko is the main protagonist, all of the major characters from the series are brought and employed wisely... Holgate’s dynamic yet monochromatic artwork supplements the snappy dialogue and captures the characters’ personalities and mannerisms beautifully." ―VOYA, starred review
Praise for The Lunar Chronicles:
#1 New York Times Bestselling Series
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“A mash-up of fairy tales and science fiction…a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars.”―Entertainment Weekly
“Prince Charming among the cyborgs.”―The Wall Street Journal
“Terrific.”―Los Angeles Times
“Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre.”―The Seattle Times
“Epic awesome.” – Bustle
“A binge-reading treat.”―MTV
“Takes the classic to a whole new level.”―NPR
About the Author
Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.
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In comes Iko who’s ready to help save the day! With her friends tied up in their other obligations and roles, Iko is ready to prove herself a hero. Since it seemed she was left out of the story when it came to the eight heroes who saved earth and Luna. The wolf-hybrids need to be stopped and Iko is the one to do it!
But it seems there’s one hybrid, Lysander, who’s different from the rest. He seems to have maintained more of his humanity than the others, except he’s really, really angry. He’s mad at Levana for having turned him into a monster and he’s furious at Cinder for “refusing” to turn him and the others back. He’s convinced she knows how to do it and he plans on hurting all her friends on earth in order to get her to do what he wants.
Iko will be forced to accept the help of the guard, Kinney, whom Cinder sent to help Iko out. These two butt heads quite a bit, but I am curious to see where things will go between them.
It was great fun seeing the gang again! Though they are not all together, we do get to see them all in their separate places. I initially thought that Wires and Never would take place after Something Old, Something New, but it actually takes place BEFORE. As some things that happened in that story, haven’t quite happened here! But it’s no biggie really which one you read first. I quite enjoyed seeing Cress and Thorne too! I guess I can relate to Cress because she lived a sheltered life and didn’t get to interact with people too much. While I didn’t have the former, the latter definitely can describe me as well! Lol. And for some reason, seeing Thorne’s antics in drawing format was just delightful! I had more than a few chuckling out loud moments.
I guess one complaint I have about this one was the coloring. I’m fine with some graphic novels being in black and white though I prefer color. This one, however, was done in shades of blue. Which was fine for the most part, but then there were times when it became hard to see what we were looking at because it looked like a blue blob! Or when there was spilled liquid, we were to know that it was blood and not water or something! Here full on color pages would’ve been a blessing! Honestly, I would be giving this one a full 5 stars if it had been color. The blood took a few moments longer to realize what it was, but the other time or two when I was trying to see through a mess of blue to some innate detail, that took a bit longer to get through.
Despite that issue, I did really enjoy this! Iko was always a fun and lovable character! And I love seeing her in her escort body! Granted, yes, she’s in escort body, but this is Iko so you pretty much forget about that detail and just enjoy watching Iko be mostly human and dance and wear all the awesome clothes she’s admired over the years.
Then there’s this possible romance thing going on with Kinney. Granted when they two finally collide, there’s only a few pages left. But Kinney and Iko don’t really get along, you could say. These two are likely to butt heads over the course of this series (not sure how long it will be at this point!). But there’s definitely some tension between them…that gets noted…twice!
This is a new way of experiencing The Lunar Chronicles and I, for one, cannot wait to see Iko have her moment in the sun and watch her kick butt too! Go Iko!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
Even so, I did not give Wires and Nerve five stars simply because there was a part of me that recognized the capitalist intention behind its publication. Winter is 824 pages long because I presume the author wants to give us a complete sense of closure; she even released a bonus epilogue in Stars Above to further solidify the happy ending we'd been yearning for. Hence, I felt bummed to read about Cinder and Co. solving another conflict. One would think they've had more than their fair share of political, interplanetary problems.
When I come to think of it, Stars Above should have been published after Wires and Nerve. This might sound confusing, but the events in Wires and Nerve actually happen before the bonus epilogue in Stars Above. In other words, Stars Above is a spoiler to Wires and Nerve. I realized this in Chapter 7, the part where Scarlet and Wolf finally make a "cameo appearance." Overall, I'm sad that I already have an idea about how the Wires and Nerve series is gonna end.
Setting aside the latter issues, I did enjoy this graphic novel. Iko was a cool and badass protagonist, and it was touching to know what she really thought about her comrades. Prejudice against androids was still present her society, so I was also moved by her desire to prove her "humanity" and worth to the people of Earth. As for Iko's relationship with Liam Kinney, I found it be strange yet intriguing. Does that also make me prejudiced against androids? You tell me. Haha.
I also liked this novel because it gave more depth to Cinder's character. It was fun to witness her knack for politics, as well as her bravery in the midst of the royals who foolishly treated her with condescension. Even though Cinder wasn't the star of the show anymore, I loved that she was still given much screen time. The same goes for our beloved Cress and Thorne. They definitely gave the story a touch of sweetness. In the end, Scarlet and Wolf were the true cameos; they only appeared in the last chapter!
Ultimately, Wires and Nerve isn't necessarily an essential addition (or extension) to The Lunar Chronicles. Nevertheless, if you're a hardcore fan of the series, I wouldn't dare dissuade you from reading it.
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Wires and Nerve is a companion sequel of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles.Read more