Title: Gone Rogue
Author: Marissa Meyer
No. of pages: 324, Hardback
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Date Read: May 14, 2018
Second book in the Wires and Nerve Duology
Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.
And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages. (Goodreads)
I’ve been on a “Lunar Binge” for a few weeks now, and if you had told me that I would get tired of these characters or this world, I would have said “eh, probably.” But then we both would have been wrong.
I liked this book slightly better than the first. One, because it’s longer. Two, I stinking love Iko’s character. Three, this such a depth that we get to see with Iko that we’ve never seen before. Four, Kinney’s growth as a character is actually the best thing.
Okay, so the plot was deeper than the first. Again, I felt like the first book was a filler to the actual plot, like I did with Cinder. There was so much more story, both on Iko and Kinney’s parts and a look into the ‘villain’ of the story, Lysander Steele.
Honestly, there were three things I REALLY liked about this book. One was Iko’s story line. She thought that all this time it was a faulty personality chip, but in reality, she was really programmed that way by Linh Garan as a friend for Peony when she was younger. Yes, I think that Iko extended that programming in a way unforeseen, but again, she’s such a highlight that really got to shine in this series. All her ‘programming flaws’ is what made her such a great friend, and ultimately, a great person.
The second was Kinney’s story line. Y’all. Kinney made strides. He went from completely hating Iko, to then second guessing himself, and then realizing that she wasn’t as bad as her made her out to be, and then being friendly towards her, and then being distraught over her ‘passing,’ and then asking her to be his date. WHAT STRIDES. I feel like Marissa Meyer hit such a key thing when writing this storyline because the dude overcame his prejudices. Y’all. This is fiction, but fiction is in some part based on reality. It is possible to overcome bias and prejudice and treat people with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
The third was Lysander’s storyline. Yeah, he was the ‘villain,’ but he made decent points, but I also think he went about it the wrong way. When being told that he was going to have to go to trial for the crimes committed, he was correct in saying that he was forced. He was correct in saying that it was the Crown’s fault that he was the way he was. He was correct in saying that he shouldn’t be treated so unfairly. But, again, he was wrong in the fact that his prejudice and bias about the Crown was reflected wrongly onto Cinder who truly had their best interest at heart. He was wrong by how we fought against them and denied the help that was brought to their attention that they could have. He was wrong in how he use his influence to manipulate others into joining his side without all the facts. Lysander was such a multi-faceted character that, for me, it’s really hard to ‘absolutely’ dislike him.
Marissa Meyer has such a talent at creating and maintaining worlds, characters, and storylines that keep a depth, a growth, and a plot twist to them. And doing it well. This world has been one of my absolute favorites to enjoy. I hope there’s more on the way.
Also, Renegades is on my TBR list not far in the future….