- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: MACMILLAN USA (29 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125007827X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250078278
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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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." --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." --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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"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
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"A binge-reading treat."--MTV
"Takes the classic to a whole new level."--NPR
About the Author
Marissa Meyer is the New York Timesand USA Todaybestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles, and the stand-alone novel Heartless, also a #1 New York Times bestseller. Wires and Nerve is her first graphic novel. She lives in Tacoma with her husband and their children.
Douglas Holgate is a freelance illustrator, comic artist, and toy designer based in Melbourne, Australia. His graphic novels include the Zack Proton and Horror High series, among others.
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And seven months after the events of "Winter," the graphic novel continuation "Wires and Nerve Volume 1" fills in the gaps between the final novel in the Lunar Chronicles series and the happily-ever-after epilogue. This time the focus is on the one character who was always a supporting presence: Iko the android, who has a brand new humanlike body and a new mission, even as Cinder brings about shocking changes to the Lunar government.
Queen Selene -- aka Cinder -- is struggling to repair the damage done by Levana, even as she prepares to abdicate from her newly-crowned status. That damage control includes rounding up all the hybrid wolf-soldiers who are currently running amuck on Earth. Since she has nothing else to do, Iko decides to begin hunting them down on her own -- and though a few of each pack manage to escape, she's overall very successful.
But the wolves that escape fall under the sway of a charismatic new alpha, who is convinced that Cinder is just another cruel Blackburn queen, and that she's choosing to keep them hybrid monsters rather than letting them become human again. To force her hand, they plan to attack all her friends -- starting with Carswell Thorne, who is being honored at an L.A. gala. Can Iko keep her friends from being taken down by the remaining wolves? Well, it's only volume one, so probably not just yet.
Iko was a scene-stealer throughout the Lunar Chronicles series -- a snarky, stubborn and glamour-loving robot with a penchant for designer footwear -- and it's obvious that Marissa Meyer has a great deal of affection for the character. So it's not surprising that she finally gets her turn in the spotlight in this graphic novel, even as she chafes at the reality that most people don't notice or respect her because she is a robot.
And while taking place in peacetime, "Wires and Nerve Volume 1" has plenty of material -- almost too much. In addition to Iko's wolf-hunting adventures and Carswell's banquet, there is also a subplot about Cinder bringing about sociopolitical reforms to Luna, in an effort to keep more mad monarchs from arising. And smaller references to the larger series are woven in, such as a brief appearance by Linh Adri on a talk show.
Even as she crafts a pretty tight, intense thriller, Marissa Meyer has quieter moments that illustrate her sense of humor (the "hero" line of escort droids, which are prettied-up versions of Cinder and Co.) as well as the adorable romances (Carswell and Cress, Wolf and Scarlet). The artwork is simple, lots of thick lines and shades of blue, but it does the job of illustrating Meyer's complex world... although the wolf-soldiers like Wolf look a little TOO wolfy, since they would never be mistakable for normal humans. Seriously, some look like yetis.
The story also highlights the way that Iko is different both from how she once was (since she now has a humanlike body and abilities) and from other androids (she's stubborn, vain, fiercely independent and very attracted to human men). She struggles quite a bit with other people seeing her as property rather than a person, and ignoring the part she played in stopping Levana. Not to mention that she seems to be brewing up a potential romance with a human man, which could get interesting.
"Wires and Nerve Volume 1" is a complex tale of political unrest, formal galas, and a kung-fu robot -- and Meyer's tight storytelling will leave you eagerly anticipating the rest of Iko's tale.
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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.
The best parts include Iko herself, of course, getting to show off her own heroism--and exploring her longing to be human, and to be recognized as one of the heroes of the last Lunar Rebellion. The story helps fill in what might be seen as a plot hole from TLC (what if the wolf warriors don't come quietly?!) More importantly for me, gives us glimpses of our favorite heroes between the end of "Winter" and the wonderful epilogue / short story "Something Old, Something New" provided in the collection "Stars Above." Volume 1 in particular has several great scenes with Cinder on Luna, and with Cress and Thorn on Earth -- we get to meet Thorn's parents! And being by Marissa Meyer herself, these adventures are now canon (also, the wonderful sense of humor in the dialogue remains).
I am underwhelmed by the artwork, because it's so cartoony. Even characters who are supposed to be gorgeous, like Winter, just... aren't. However, at least that is consistent for ALL the characters, and I think I prefer this to some "continuing story" comics that have a glorious full-color picture on the cover and then goes to line drawings inside. The cartoony aspect allows the artist to express characters' emotions well, and they use coloring, fades, and shadows very well also. One of my favorite things about the art is the way the artist will provide an entire panel without dialogue, to push the idea of a beat or awkward pause, before continuing the action or conversation.
I've been forewarned that there's less "Cresswell" (my fave couple) in volume 2, and initially thought i'd just stick with volume 1. But volume 1 is a good enough story, and Iko is a fun enough heroine, that I've been won over -- I'm off to read volume 2, even without my favorite characters. Hence -- 4 stars.