- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 640 (What's this?)
- Series: Wires and Nerve (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250078261
- ISBN-13: 978-1250078261
- ASIN: 1250078261
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Wires and Nerves takes place after Winter with Lunar and Earth trying to come to a trustworthy alliance. Cinder is on the verge of abdicating her throne in favor of a more republic government but before she can do that, she must eradicate the rogue lunar soldiers still hiding out on Earth. With the Earthern people still wary of Lunars and unwilling to accept help, Cinder sends Iko to track down these packs and bring them back to Luna.
I really enjoyed getting to see everyone again and see how they are adapting to their new roles. And while we did get to see everyone, I was a little let down by the whole thing. First with Iko. Now I love Iko. Throughout the series she was always a constant source of humor, love, and bravery. And while I enjoyed reading a whole book from her point of view, I feel that she works better as a side character. It's not that she's not interesting, because she is. But I don't know if holding her own was the best thing.
The story itself was good but still felt a little lacking. I think this is because I'm so used to Meyer's descriptive writing and we didn't get that here since it was a graphic novel and I missed those little touches. Because of this parts of the story felt rushed and the characters played differently off of each other.
Lastly was the artwork itself. I wasn't too impressed. It felt a little childish considering the themes. With so much fan art out there, I think I got spoiled seeing other people's interpretations of the characters. And was I the only one a little creeped out by the Wolf and Scarlet drawings? I mean, I get that he's named Wolf for a reason, but I never pictured him that wolfish. It was just weird to me.
That being said, I'm sad we have to wait until next year to get the continuation. Because let's be honest, there's no way I'm not going to read anything Meyer puts out.
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
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!