Author: Marissa Meyer (Art by Doug Holgate)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Volume 1 in the Wires and Nerve duology
Genre: Graphic Novel – Young Adult – Fantasy – Science Fiction
My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it
What it’s about:
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 buy bulk ammo online and 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.
My thoughts (spoiler-free):
“I know I’m not flesh and blood. No nerve endings. No heartbeat. Just a robot with artificial emotions and a disposable body.
I know I’m not really human.
But aces and stars, I wish that I was.”
Could there be a better way for a graphic novel newbie to start exploring the world of graphic novels, than with the graphic continuation of one of her all-time favorite series? Not for me! I’m thrilled that I got to read Wires and Nerve, volume one, and I definitely want more. More graphic novels in general, but also more Wires and Nerve.
In case you were not yet aware, Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel spin-off of The Lunar Chronicles, focusing on Iko, the lovable and funny android who wishes she were human. The story takes place after the Lunar Chronicles, but before the Stars Above epilogue.
And for my first graphic novel, it was a wonderful experience. I loved getting sucked back into the world of The Lunar Chronicles. While the worldbuilding was already so well done in that series, I felt like the art in this one really helped bring it all to life again.
But what I loved most of all about this, was being reunited with one of my favorite groups of people. We mostly follow Iko as she hunts down rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers, deals with prejudice because of her android-status and helps her friends out, all while maintaining perfect fashion-sense and her own wonderful sense of humor. But of course we also get to meet the rest of the gang again, though some more so than others. I loved seeing everybody again and was reminded why I loved them so much to begin with. And I felt like everybody was still so very much in character.
The character interactions also still felt so… right. The friendship and mutual respect between Cinder and Iko is still so present and a driving force in the novel. Also Thorne and Cress get quite a bit of screentime (story time?) and they are still adorable as ever. Thorne reminded me again why he’s my favorite character. Scarlet and Wolf, Winter and Jacin, and Kai get just a little less time to shine, but I’m sure they will get their chance in the second volume. And of course, we can’t forget Kinney, who shares some quite hilarious scenes with our lovely Iko as well.
The humor and wit is also still on point as the novel had me laughing out loud for at least half the time I was reading it. But even though it’s funny, the story also knows when to be serious and we do get to see some great political scenes and some scenes to make you think.
My only downside to this was that it was over in about two hours and while it was a lot of fun, it still felt like it was only a recap of the Lunar Chronicles and then an introduction to the new story. Just when I was really getting into it, it was already over and now there’s still a year to wait for more. So maybe I’d recommend putting this off until the second volume is out so you can have the pleasure of binge-reading both.
Overall, I felt like this was a great graphic novel for fans of The Lunar Chronicles. It’s definitely a worthy successor, featuring all your favorite characters and bringing back the amazing worldbuilding and wonderful humor that you already know and love.
“Once upon a time, there were nine unlikely heroes”
“…and finally, there was the android. She was passionate being who had once been trapped in the body of a lowly servant-droid, but had since discarded that humble form, like a butterfly emerging from her cocoon. Newly outfitted with a glass escort-droid body, one that completed her wit, charisma, and excellent taste in fashion, she boldly embraced her destiny. It didn’t hurt that she also had the grade of a net drama starlet, the courage of a lioness and the –”
“IKO, that’s enough.”
“Oh, right. Sorry Cinder.”
“That’s not necessary. I’m doing what any good friend would do, out of loyalty and Lunar patriotism and–”
“I’ll buy you a new pair of shoes.”