- Series: Wires and Nerve (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250078261
- ISBN-13: 978-1250078261
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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“Prince Charming among the cyborgs.”―The Wall Street Journal
“Terrific.”―Los Angeles Times
“Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre.”―The Seattle Times
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“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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This graphic novel centers around our favorite android Iko. It could be a stand alone for someone who hasn't read The Lunar Chronicles but it goes well reading after the series. The book picks up soon after Winter ends but before some of the short stories. It somewhat fills in some holes. In the first several pages we learn a bit about the world and the characters (enough that like I mentioned above you could pick up and read this first). Iko is a strong escort-droid (android) woman who has been sent to gather up the remaining mutated wolf army from Queen Levana which have been wreaking havoc on the Earthen Union. There is a rise up against though and things become difficult for all of the characters. All of our favorites are featured in this graphic novel but not necessarily together. It ends on a cliff hanger and it's a bit disappointing to have to wait until next January for the next but for those who are wondering if it's worth reading do it! I don't typically read anything like this but it was worth learning about a new writing style!
Wires and Nerve is Iko’s story! Finally, she is the heroine! If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles series and Stars Above, please do so now! There are easter eggs for the last novella in Stars Above here. Also, Wires and Nerve happens after Winter and before Something Old, Something New, the last novella in Stars Above.
This book is really filled with all the feels and nostalgia! I love revisiting the world and of course, my favorite characters! I mean, I absolutely love Thorne and he is in a good chunk of this book! YES!
We also get to meet new characters! There is a new villain, who is one of the hybrid wolf Lunars and I am intrigued,
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.
All of our favorite characters are back, and they are brought to life with the illustrations. Those illustrations are awesome, and being a fan of the series, it is nice to see what exactly Marissa Meyer had in mind when she created the characters. It's quite close to what I dreamed up in my mind when reading the novels.
I love this book and all the rest in the series, so I can't recommend them enough, but I still will till the end of time!
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