Release date: January 31st
Genre: YA, Graphic Novel, Fantasy/Dystopia
My rating: ★★★★✩
Author: Marissa Meyer
Illustrator: Douglas Holgate
Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel, the first book in a new series by Marissa Meyer, following The Lunar Chronicles straight where they ended, and centring on Iko and her mission to rid the Earth of the wolf packs that were send by Levana as an act of war.
Through the series, we meet again our favourite characters as they help Iko on her mission, and we even get to see Kinney again, interacting with both Cinder, and of course Iko, as was very obviously implied in Winter. I am still unsure what to think of his character, but one thing I’m sure of is how adorable it is to see Iko all flustered by him whatever he does. Iko is a very unique android and I’m sure every reader grew fond of her during the series, and in Wires and Nerve we get to see her play an even important role, as she is on a solo mission, rather than part of the Rampion crew. As Cinder was (and still is in this book, though not as much as previously maybe) Iko is faced with a lot of prejudice, and people just considering her as an object – and a faulty one at that. I have to say, it is very heartbreaking: as I’m sure you did too, I consider Iko equally with the other characters.
We obviously also get to read more about the Wolf packs and I thought it was very interesting. When we first encounter them, they are really a mystery, and though Wolf is one of the main characters, there is really a lot of unknown surrounding them. We do learn more about them in Winter when the princess manages to rally some of them to their cause, and I thought it was definitely interesting. Here, we get to meet those who were stationed on Earth and have turned rogue, refusing to obey to Cinder/Selene’s orders. And even though their acts are honestly dumb and harming everyone, their reasons are valid: they want to be human again, restored to who they were before they were turned into the packs. We got glimpses of Wolf’s training in Stars Above and we saw how awful and dehumanizing it was. Of course it’s understandable that they want to put all of this behind them (and it’s also a very interesting plot device). But it’s not possible. Cinder doesn’t want to be like her aunt, and manipulate everyone, both with the Lunar gift and genetically. And the wolves say by acting like that she is exactly like her aunt: not listening to them. Except they forgot to consider that maybe she was telling the truth. One thing also that bothered me is the fact that no one considered that Ze’ev was actually like them, fought alongside Cinder, and found happiness. I don’t know, I thought it might be a pretty good example for the rogue packs!
One other thing I really enjoyed is seeing more of the relationship between Cinder and Selene. Through Winter’s POV we saw sooner in the series that they used to be very close as kids, and that she missed it a lot, so it’s really satisfying to see them reunited at last.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was maybe not as good as the rest of the series, but definitely still very enjoyable. I will never get enough of this universe, honestly, and I was obviously excited when I heard there would be a graphic novel sequel of sorts. And now that I have read it, I want more! It is also interesting to see the characters evolve in a new format. I’m not much of a graphic novel reader, but I really enjoyed the format, and seeing all the characters come to life in a different way. Even if it was not always the way I pictured them, I think it still leaves room for imagination, and I would definitely recommend Wires and Nerve to all TLC fans! If you have been reluctant to read it, I can understand that, but you don’t have to be! There is also going to be a sequel, and I can’t wait for it, as the book did end in somewhat of a cliffhanger…
You can also check out my review for Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles.