Eve of Man: My Review

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I have finished this book earlier this month and I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole concept, so I figured I might as well write a review about it, to just talk and share my thoughts! (To be fairly honest, I was planning on making this article right away, but it just didn’t happen, so here we go.)

Title: Eve of Man
Authors: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Dystopia
Release: 2019
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Warning: May contain spoilers!

The story:

Basically, Eve of Man is a YA dystopia about a girl called Eve, who is the first girl to be born in 50 years. Raised apart from everyone else (among women who at this point of the story are all about 70) she is the only hope that the human race has to survive. She feels like she doesn’t have much of a choice. Until she meets Bram by accident. Until things are unveiled, and she realises… Is humanity worth saving after all? I guess that’s a question for the sequel…

My thoughts:

Before I delve any further into my ramble, I just wanted to point out that I read this book mainly because I got an ARC upon the French release (which was beginning of February) and I have to admit it got me really curious. And in addition to that, it’s also a fairly recent release and I like reading books that were released recently because it somehow makes me feel like I have it together so there’s that… ANYWAY.

While I did like the concept, I feel like I still had too many questions to fully understand it. I know, I know, I could have just accepted the whole thing — and I did. Okay, she was the first girl to be born in 50 years. But how is she supposed to repopulate the Earth ALL BY HERSELF? She can’t be the only mother, we all know that is not going to work. That never really made sense to me. Although some things were explained LATE in the book in terms of scientific experiments (which were to be expected although a sheltered Eve would not have seen it coming) I was still relatively skeptic.

A high fantasy with magical creatures? Yes of course, I can picture that. A world where a girl hasn’t been born for 50 years? Sorry, I don’t buy it. I guess that’s my bad. I feel like I was catapulted into this universe without enough world building. The information arrived too late into the book. (Or maybe I have become too picky when it comes to YA dystopia…)

I don’t know, this book left me frustrated, and I just wanted to put it out there. So here goes. Have you read Eve of Man as well? If you have, please feel free to share your thoughts with me, I would love to discuss it! Will I pick up the sequel? Probably at some point, because I have to admit that I am still really curious as to what will happen next. I feel like maybe the first book was too slow, although the concept definitely has potential!

I am also very curious to see how they will develop the concept of Eve being attracted to Bram fully knowing that he is Holly, and also being attracted to Holly when she knows that he is a part of her? I don’t know, that was weird and at the same time gave me strong bisexual vibes (but maybe I’m the only one) which is ironic considering that Eve is, after all, the last woman on Earth. But I’m rambling, and I shall see what happens in the future when the next book is released!

Overall, I was not entirely sold on this book, but I’m still curious as to what will happen next. There you have it.

#murdertrending : My Review

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I vividly remember being proud of posting a lot of reviews last month, so I don’t know what happened in October but it is NOT the case. However, as soon as I read #murdertrending I knew that I would have to talk about it on here!

Title: #murdertrending
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Genre: YA, Horror/Dystopia
Release: 2018
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

TW: violence, death
#murdertrending is a good horror book, and can be a good pick to set up the mood for Halloween, but it is also quite gore, so you’ve been warned!

This book was unexpected. I picked it up because it was just released in France and the concept got me really curious (as well as absolutely horrified). Basically, it’s a mix of dystopia and horror. It follows a charming program: criminals who are sentenced to death will be sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where they will be part of a reality TV show and be killed live in front of a large audience, on TV and on the Postman app. Dee is sent there after being accused of killing her step sister. She swears she is innocent, and now she’s going to die.

This is not necessarily the kind of book I usually read, but I did end up enjoying it.

Overall, it’s an interesting reflection on reality TV and social media, as well as whatever shithole our world is heading right now, so kudos for that. The story is scary, part because it is killing teenagers on TV, and part because we can feel that our reality TV and our governments are not that far from this. It did remind me a bit of The Hunger Games and I couldn’t write this review without mentioning them.

The book is also addicting. You can’t help but wonder what will happen next. Who will actually survive, how, and so on. In that aspect, it was really well made, and I couldn’t put it down! I read it in less than two days, to my greatest surprise. Despite some parts that were a bit predictable, it also had some great plot twists. However I also sometimes felt that it was all a little bit too fast. And maybe confusing at some points. But these are my only complaints.

I really liked Dee as a main character, even though the part of the plot evolving around her childhood trauma was a bit confusing at first. As we got to know more, it seemed to make more sense with the overall plot (or I guess I just accepted it). In the end, I am still left with questions, and all the more so considering I learnt there was a sequel.

If you are looking for a horror book to set the mood for Halloween, then this might be just the thing for you! And please let me know your thoughts if you have read #murdertrending as I would love to discuss it!

Cogito: Ma Critique

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Mesdames et messieurs, il est temps pour moi de poster ma deuxième critique en Français, et cette fois il s’agit de Cogito, le nouveau roman young adult de Victor Dixen, sorti le 29 mai. Je l’avoue, le seul livre de lui que j’avais lu jusqu’à présent était Phobos (il faut absolument que je me procure le tome 2) mais quand nous avons reçu plusieurs exemplaires de Cogito à la librairie, j’ai tout de suite été attirée par ce roman. Tout d’abord, la couverture est tout simplement magnifique. Et ensuite, pour pouvoir conseiller les livres, il faut les avoir lus de préférence… Et BAM me voilà avec le gros pavé qu’est Cogito dans mon sac pour le lire le weekend.

A la fin de ma lecture,je lui ai mis 3 étoiles sur Goodreads, mais pour être honnête je pense que ma note est plus un 3.5/5. J’ai eu des hauts et des bas au cours de ma lecture ; certains moments m’ont plus convaincue que d’autres, mais dans l’ensemble j’ai passé un bon moment !

On est bien dans la veine dystopique de Phobos, mais cette fois c’est l’intelligence artificielle qu’on explore plutôt que l’espace (il y a d’ailleurs un petit clin d’œil à la série précédente à un moment dans le roman, seul élément indiquant qu’on se situe plus tard dans le futur). L’intrigue est bien faite, mêmes si certains éléments sont assez prévisibles. Il n’y a pas à dire, Victor Dixen écrit bien et a fait de super recherches pour ce bouquin (à un tel point que j’avais parfois un peu du mal à suivre !) En ce qui concerne cet aspect, c’était vraiment très intéressant. J’avoue que je ne m’y connais pas très bien en robots et compagnie — que ce soit du côté des progrès techniques ou des films spéculatifs, et il y en a tout un rayon des deux côtés !

Un autre aspect qui m’a beaucoup plus était le personnage de Roxane, l’héroïne de notre histoire. Je passe sur son gang un peu douteux des Clébardes, dont le nom m’a fait grincer les dents à chaque fois qu’il a surgi sur la page… Tout ça pour vous dire que c’est un personnage extrêmement fort malgré l’adversité, ce qui fait toujours plaisir à lire. Elle n’a besoin de personne, et surtout pas de chevalier servant tout au long de l’intrigue (enfin, les alliés c’est bien, mais elle sait aussi se débrouiller toute seule). D’ailleurs il n’y a absolument aucune insistance sur l’intrigue amoureuse, qui est maintenue au strict minimum, je dis bien STRICT MINIMUM ce qui, en ce qui me concerne, me convient très bien : dans ce type de situation apocalyptique, c’est bien plus réaliste je trouve, et c’est plutôt rafraîchissant de voir cet aspect mis de côté !

Si j’ai trouvé la majorité de l’intrigue assez prévisible, j’ai quand même réussi à être surprise de temps en temps, et notamment par le personnage de Damien Prinz, mais aussi par [spoiler] la magnifique conversation que Roxane a sur skype avec son père lorsqu’elle est sur l’île, moment de pardon mutuel que j’ai trouvé super beau [fin spoiler].

Enfin bref, Cogito est une superbe réflexion sur l’humanité, et sur notre avenir, parsemé de nombreuses petits références aux philosophes, en commençant bien sûr par Descartes, et ce depuis le titre, mais aussi aux scientifiques comme Alan Turing et Ava Lovelace pour ne citer que ces deux-là. Franchement, je crois que je n’ai jamais autant appris en lisant un roman young adult qu’en lisant celui-ci, et j’avoue que c’est un petit plus qui fait du bien !

Graphic Novel Review: Joyride Vol.1

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First of all I wanted to thank NetGalley for sending me an e-copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. This doesn’t affect my opinion in any way.

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, YA
Publication: September 2016
My rating: ★★★✩✩
Made by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Marcus To

The story:

A mix of sci-fi and dystopia, the story is set in a future where the Earth is protected by a shield and people don’t have access to space anymore. It follows Uma and her friends on their adventures after they manage to get away in space, travel, and meet aliens.

Here are some examples of the drawings:

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My opinion:

I picked up this graphic novel not really knowing what to expect. I have to say, I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels (as you probably noticed, since I never really mention any on my blog). But I wanted to try something new and the story was appealing. It wasn’t incredible, but it was still enjoyable. I really liked the drawings, and some parts were really sassy which I appreciated. Overall, it is nothing exceptional. If you are into space adventures and science-fiction, and of course, if you like graphic novels, this is most likely something you would enjoy. In some parts, it reminded me a bit of Doctor Who – like the interactions with the aliens – which made me smile. The story still managed to have some twists I didn’t expect, which I greatly appreciated.

Overall, it was a fine read, but I don’t think I will pick up the sequel. Please let me know your thoughts if you have read it as well, and have a wonderful day!

Thoughts On The Queen Of The Tearling Trilogy

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Through the past few months, I have been listening to the audiobooks for The Queen of the Tearling trilogy, and I absolutely loved them. I have been seeing those books on Instagram every since I started by bookstagram account more than two years ago, but I didn’t really know what they were about. Now I know, and I think you should read them too!

The Queen of the Tearling (2014)
The Invasion of the Tearling (2015)
The Fate of the Tearling (2016)
Author: Erika Johansen
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Dystopia
My Rating: ★★★★✩

FOR OLDER READERS

Trigger warning: rape, abuse

Blurb:

Kelsea Raleigh has been raised away from New London, though she is heiress to the throne of the Tearling. On her nineteenth birthday, the Queen’s Guard comes to get her and get her throne back, a throne which has been occupied by her uncle ever since her mother, queen Elyssa, died when Kelsea was only one.

But this turns out harder than Kelsea could possibly imagine, considering some measures her mother took before her assassination, and soon, a war is on the way both inside and outside of the kingdom.

With the help of her sapphire necklace, which seems to have more power than she could ever imagine, her faithful guards and visions of the past and how her ancestors created the Tearling, will Kelsea be able to save everything and everyone she cares about?

My opinion:

The Queen of the Tearling was an incredible and unique trilogy. I absolutely loved it and definitely recommend it to everyone. It is a mix between fantasy and dystopia, set in some kind of magical, parallel universe, in an undated future.

The characters were really endearing, and I was really sad to part with them in the end. The fact that Kelsea is a hardcore bookworm only made me like the book even more. I also loved Pen and the Mace. And the villain, the Read Queen, was a really fascinating character as well. The story was well rounded from beginning to end, and full of crazy plot twists. Both the present and the fact were fascinating, and the world building is really well done.

My only regret is that it took me quite some time to get into the story at first, and it was sometimes a bit slow. But overall, I really loved it.

What I appreciated the most was probably how smart it was. I think it is an excellent critic of our society. It really made me think a lot. Even if it is set in a fantastic kingdom, it seems to be a very accurate, realistic representation of the struggles of politics and human kind. It also had a very conflicted view on religion which is someting I found in a way very relatable to my own relationship to religion in a real world. This book managed to depict a very accurate view on a lot of things, including positive and negative points, which I really loved. It’s a very deep reflection on what is good, and what is bad, and what if there’s no good and evil, and everything is more or less grey. I felt so deeply for all these characters, and the hard decisions they had to make.

The passages set in the past actually seem to be a very realistic depiction of what our future could be. It’s very critic, and trying to make the reader think, and I loved it.

I honestly think this trilogy is a masterpiece. It may at first feel like a random dystopia, but it is so much more. It is unique, endearing and impossible to put down.

Honestly, if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?

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Day 21: My Review

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Day 21 is the second book in The 100 series by Kass Morgan. It was published in 2014. The TV show (which is one of my favourite shows ever) was loosely based on this book series. And when I say loosely, I really mean it. While reading the books, you can either consider you are reading fanfiction – but that would be weird since it’s more of the other way around – or just another story, based in the same kind of universe. Just keep in mind that if you go into this book series because of the TV show, you might be disappointed.

Anyway. I read the first book about two years ago, after season 2 aired, because I was cruelly missing the story. That was back then, before I started this blog. I have to say, I did not get into the book with high expectations, because one of my friends told me she couldn’t even finish it. But I still wanted to form my opinion on this book, and I was dying to get more content on The 100, so I picked it up, and I eventually gave it 4 stars. While it truly is very different from the show – we get some completely new characters in the books, like Thalia, Graham or Glass – it still was a very enjoyable story. Not remarkable, but still a nice read. Anyway, back to the subject of this article.

Title: Day 21 (The 100 #2)
Author: Kass Morgan
Publication: September 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
My rating: ★★★★☆

Warning: May contain spoilers on BOOK 1 and SEASON 1 & 2

The story:

At the end of book one, Clarke and Bellamy are out of camp, looking for Octavia, while the camp is attacked, and the 100 find out they are not actually alone on the ground.

In the meantime, in space, Phoenix cut itself from Arkadia and Walden to preserve air, because the colony is running out of it, but Glass left her mother behind to be with Luke, and together they try to find a way to survive.

On the ground, it’s getting harder and harder. Food is running out, Clarke got bit by a snake, people get mysteriously sick, or killed by Earthborns. Wells tries his best to be a good leader, but he is tested when they capture a young Earthborn called Sasha, who is roughly their age, and pretends her people have nothing to do with the deaths, or Octavia’s disappearance.

Through and through, the 100 have to fight for survival (and the book ends with a stunning revelation which totally blew my mind…)

My opinion:

The second book in the series was nicely done, introducing new characters such as Sasha, and delving more into our main characters’ past – especially Bellamy and Wells. While I still like the TV show better, I really enjoyed this book as well. I believe the characters are also well made, decent and believable fictional human beings.

Honestly, this book was full of surprises for me. As it doesn’t follow the same plot as the TV show, I never knew what to expect, and it was really pleasant. I think the world building is well-made, and the story is full of twists. I probably enjoyed this one even better as the first book in the series. And I really love all the things that are different from the show. I know my opinion is a lot influenced by this show because I’m completely obsessed with it (I have seen season 1 at least 4 times) and I’m not even sorry for it. I know I always claim it is better to read the book first but I don’t always do it…

Anyway. I really love all the points that are different from the TV show. I don’t want to put too much spoilers, but all the plot evolving around Clarke’s parents for example is really interesting. Well’s character, which was quickly killed in the show, is very different in the book, and very much alive. He is a very interesting characters, with his qualities, and of course, his flaws. Lilly’s character, who is present in both Clarke and Bellamy’s backstory is also a genius addition to this story. The way Mount Weather is presented in the books is also something I really appreciate, and I hope we get to see more of it in the sequels.

What I also like doing is making parallels between book characters that are only present in the books, and show characters that are only in the show, and events, and everything. Some things are based on some other things and I just love trying to make all the connections. (Okay this was just a random comment, I know).

Finally, I just wanted to say I’m really excited about reading the sequels, and curious as to what will happen to all these characters next. Just so you know, The 100 will probably be back on my blog very soon!

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(And I couldn’t not finish this article with a gif of Bellamy because he is king ♥)

PS: Bellarke is canon in the books ♥

Balance Broken: My Review

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Balance Broken is the second book in the Starbright series by Hilary Thompson. It was first published in 2014. You can also read my review of the first book, Justice Buried, by clicking this link.

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
My rating: ★★★★✩

Warning: Spoilers for the first book in the series!

The story:

Astrea and Lexan have escaped Asphodel, trying to figure out a way to save their people from First Leader Keirna, and achieve the prophecy surrouning their birth. Running away from the Tribes with the help of Stian and Zarea, they decide to turn to the city of Tartarus and its leader Hadeon. Except little by little, they realise there is more to their story, to the prophecy, to the past creation of the place they grew up in. The second book in the series takes them on a journey through their roots and their miraculous powers, trying to find a way to save their people, their world, and everything they know.

My opinion:

I read this book back in March, so it’s getting harder and harder to review it as I have read and done a lot since then, but I will try my best.

When I read the first book in the series, I came with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised in the end. With this one, I have to admit I liked it even more than the previous one, and I can’t wait to finish this series, now that I am finally out of my reading slump.

One thing I really liked about this book is that it introduced new, very interesting characters, like Hadeon and Irana. I’m a sucker for complex characters, and this book has plenty, including Astrea and Lexan, the main characters. I really like the evolution of their relationship (even if it’s a tad cliché, I really don’t care in this particular book!) and how it turned out in the end got me really curious about the last installment. What is also interesting is that these characters are not perfect, and they make mistakes. They have to go through impossible choices, but do not try to act like some sort of “superhumans”. They try their best and don’t always succeed. They go through a lot of shit, but they are human. I really like this aspect of the story.

On the other hand, I’m not a huge fan of Stian, to be honest, though I have to admit he is a quite interesting character. He is part of why I didn’t give this book 5 stars, unfortunately. I really love Zarea though, and I can’t wait to learn more about her.

I really love the fact that this series mixes a lot of different elements such as astrology and prophecies, but also mythology and dystopia, as well as fantasy and magic. It has a bit of everything, in a perfect and unexpected blend, and I just find this fascinating.

Overall, it’s a quick, catchy, easy and very enjoyable read. Very hard to put down. I definitely recommend it.

If you want to learn more about this series you can also check out my Release Day post.

Please feel free to share your opinion in the comments if you have read/are reading this book as I would love to discuss it. If you have anything similar to recommend, I am also interested!

The Phoenix Project: My Review

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First of all, I wanted to thank the author, C.A. Gray, for providing me with an ARC of this book. The Phoenix Project is the third and last book in The Liberty Box trilogy, and my favourite. It will be released on tomorrow, on the 20th of March.

Genre: New Adult, Dystopia
My rating: ★★★★✩

Warning: Spoilers for The Liberty Box and The Eden Conspiracy!

The story:

In this third installment of The Liberty Box trilogy, Kate and Jackson are both prisoners of the Potentate, Jackson deep in a dark cell, next to a mysterious man named Joe who claims he built the Liberty Box, and Kate inside the palace, brainwashed again, and made to believe that Jackson is the one who brainwashed her, and that her entire family as well as Will is dead because of him.

Outside, Will is very much alive, though one of the only remaining Rebels, along with Charlie (Kate’s brother) and a couple of others. Together, they try to break out the prisoners, and stop the brainwashing.

My opinion:

I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of the first book in the series. But I still really liked the concept, and was curious as to what would happen next, so I eventually continued with the second, and eventually the third and last book. And I’m so glad  did because this one was my favourite in the whole trilogy.

I think the brainwashing aspect of this story is rather original, it takes 1984 to a whole new level. I also like the fact that the rebels are adult rather than teenagers, which makes the whole story much more believable in my opinion. This dystopia is different from other recent dystopias like The Hunger Games or Divergent or The Maze Runner or so many others, and it’s quite refreshing. It however also reminded me a bit of Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3 by Suzanne Collins) but it was probably because it was the climax and end of a revolution and gave off the same kind of feeling. If you liked Mockingjay, then you should check out this trilogy!

What else can I say about this book? I was delighted to see that Will finally got a POV in this book. I’ve been dying to read from his perspective throuhout book two, and it was a really pleasant surprise to see that it was finally happening. I quite like his character, though I have to admit his relationship with Kate is not exactly a healthy one. As a character outside of this relationship, he is very interesting.

The relationship between Kate and Jackson also really evolved in this book, though I don’t have much to say about it. Honestly the romance was not really my cup of tea in this trilogy, but it was a bit better in this book, with both of them really accepting their feelings and working on them.

The Potentate was as awful as ever. He is really a well-made villain, and it was interesting to get into his past a bit more (though it clearly didn’t excuse any of his mad acts!)

Oh and I almost forgot to mention: including Joe’s character in this book was honestly brilliant. It was such a great plot twist which really stood out in this book.

In the end, Kate goes through a fantastic character development throughout this series, and it’s really great to see where she came from and who she managed to become. She really struggles with herself a lot in this last instalment, there are lots of scenes where she is confused at first, and later, she is trying to become stronger, bolder, and better. She is a fighter and a survivor, and I grew fonder of her throughout this trilogy.

Finally, I also believe the author improved a lot and it was a really pleasant surprise in this last instalment.

Feel free to share your opinion if you also read this book, and otherwise, I recommend you check out this trilogy!

The Eden Conspiracy: My Review

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Genre: YA/NA, Dystopia
The Liberty Box #2
Author: C.A. Gray
Publication: July 2016
My rating: ★★★✩✩

And first of all, I wanted to thank the author for providing me with a review copy of her book. As usual, this doesn’t influence my opinion in any way.

Warning: Spoilers for the first book in the series!

My review of The Liberty Box

The story:

The Eden Conspiracy picks up where The Liberty Box left: Kate Brandeis and Jackson MacNamera are on the run from the Potentate with a group of refugees, and they are just rescued by Kate’s supposedly dead fiancé Will, who can’t believe what Kate has become.

In the meantime, Kate wants to become stronger, and asks for Jackson’s help to resist the mind control the country imposes on its citizens. And of course, in the meantime she also realises she might be falling for him…

My opinion:

I think I liked this one slightly better than the previous one, which was a pleasant surprise. The last book in the series, The Phoenix Project, will be released in March, and I will read it and review it as soon as I have finished my current read.

One of my favourite things about this trilogy is probably the world building. The setting C.A. Gray created for her story is really unique and fascinating. It is a very typical dystopia like we recognize in The Hunger Games for example, but it also has very unique elements. The mind control is pushed to an extent I had never seen before in another book, and it’s really fascinating.

Another thing I really appreciate about this book is the fact that unlike many other dystopia books, it’s featuring adults rather than teenagers, and as much as I can relate to teenagers, it overall makes more sense to see characters slightly older fighting in this kind of context.

I really like Kate’s character development, and how she keeps trying and trying to do better and help everyone. She has grown far from who she used to be, and it’s always something pleasant to see as a reader.

As for the Potentate, he is really the perfectly made dystopian villain, who never fails to imagine a crazy new evil plan to keep the power. I have to admit, his character is really well executed.

I won’t reveal more, but I also quite liked the new characters introduced in this volume.

However, as in the first book, I found it hard to figure out my actual thoughts on Jackson. I want to like him, but – and it’s not the first time – I have a hard time really appreciating this kind of characters, and by that I mean people who grew up in nature, and love it, can’t live without it and are also very blunt (another similar character in a completely different story is Benny from Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti, but this is another subject entirely). Anyway, I have troubles appreciating Jackson, and don’t really understand the relationship between him and Kate, so that made it a bit hard to love the book to its full extent.

Overall, I enjoyed this storybut it sometimes left me a bit frustrated because most of the characters are extremely stubborn. I also find this world quite disturbing, which may have prevented me from enjoying this book even more, but I think it also means the world building is very well done!

If you have read this book, feel free to comment with your opinion in the comments. If you haven’t, you should definitely check out the first book in the trilogy!

Recommended for:

Dystopia lovers, and people interested in mind control. This book also reminded me of Open Mind by Susan Kaye Quinn for some reason. I just can’t help thinking about it when I read this series.

Wires and Nerve: My Review

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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.