Title: Wires and Nerve
Author: Marissa Meyer
No. of pages: 238, Hardback
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Date Read: May 13, 2018
First book in the Wires and Nerve Duology
When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to 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. (Goodreads)
I’m not normally too keen on graphic novels only because I breeze through them, but I really enjoyed this one. I also really appreciated another look into the world built in The Lunar Chronicles. I also really liked that the directness of it being Iko’s story. There’s so much more to her than an android that was glossed over for the majority of the main books.
This book follows just almost a year after the events in Winter. Cinder is the current Queen of Luna and she has followed through with everything she said she would; the most important being the removal of the wolf-lunar hybrid soldiers that Levana had used to terrorize Earth. Knowing how important it was to Cinder that they all come back to Luna, Iko volunteered to go to Earth and capture those that ran instead of returning. And most importantly, because she’s an android, she can’t die when faced with wolves that want to kill, she can be repaired.
I really liked this book for that fact that it grows Iko as a character. Within The Lunar Chronicles, Iko was really the background sidekick. She was Cinder’s best friend, she was destroyed for parts, her personality chip was faulty, she was the system of the Rampion, she was than given an escort droid body that Thorne won, and then had to blend in with other androids to kidnap Kai so that everything they had planned for Levana would go smoothly. But Iko was really pushed to the background. Iko being the main character was something I enjoyed purely for the fact that she’s such a fun character. She’s an android that is unlike any other and emotes and shows feelings just like humans. And if you didn’t know she was an android, you could swear that she was human.
Another thing I like about it was that it brought the gang together again. We got to see what had happened to our misfit Rampion crew. We also found out about the new threat against them.
I feel like Marissa Meyer is really good at writing “villains” who have that ounce of humanity that make you feel sorry for them at least once. The one we meet in this story is a rogue special lunar operative that feels as though Cinder, because she has Blackburn blood, needs to pay for what happened to him with the genetics twisting and the removal of his lunar gift.
As I’m writing this, I’ve read the second one, I couldn’t not read it right away. BUT I liked this book so much. I would definitely read again. AND if you like graphic novels, science-fiction, action books, or The Lunar Chronicles, this is definitely one you should pick up.