In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. 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. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
This graphic novel is Iko: Android Super Spy. Although all of our favorite heroes make an appearance in Wires and Nerves, this is Iko’s story.
Wires and Nerves Volume 1 occurs shortly after Winter. Luna and Earth are trying to come to a trustworthy alliance, Cinder is on the verge of abdicating her throne in favor of a democratic government, and rogue wolves have escaped on Earth and must be tracked down and returned to Luna before they hurt more people. With the people of Earth wary of Luna and unwilling to accept Cinder’s help, Cinder sends Iko on a secret mission to track down the packs of wolves and bring them back to Luna. Through Iko’s adventures, we get a peek into what post-rebellion life is like for our heroes of the Lunar Chronicles.
Since this is a graphic novel, we get less information than we would if it were in novel format. While we do not get a great deal of information to what we already know from the main Lunar Chronicles, I enjoyed seeing more of Cinder’s struggle with being a queen. However, her love life was a bit of a disappointment; she is on Luna and Kai is on Earth. And while all of our leading characters make an appearance, Cress and Thorne definitely took center stage (which is fine with me! I love them!).
One complaint I have about this graphic novel was the illustrations. I was hopeful that there would be more color as the cover image suggests (varying shades of blue with bright orange highlights), however, the only colors used were black, white, and blue. I also feel that some of the characters looked too similar at times and I had to rely on names in order to distinguish them (main example: Cress and Captain Thorne’s mother looked eerily alike).
Overall, I let the story and nostalgia take over and I became used to the illustration style. I really enjoyed this volume and cannot wait for the next one! This is a great extension to the Lunar Chronicles that lovers of the series should read.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Title: Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic Book, Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Read… on the bus in Seattle while… drinking a warm latte.
Purchase your copy here.
Author: Marissa Meyer
“One of my first spoken words was “story” (right along with “bath” and “cookie”), my favorite toy as an infant was a soft, squishable book, and I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first realized such a job existed.
When I was fourteen my best friend introduced me to anime and fanfiction—over the years I would complete over forty Sailor Moon fanfics under the penname Alicia Blade. Those so inclined can still find my first stories at fanfiction.net. Writing fanfic turned out to be awesome fun and brought me in contact with an amazing group of fan-fiction readers and writers. As Alicia Blade, I also had a novelette, “The Phantom of Linkshire Manor,” published in the Gothic romance anthology Bound in Skin (CatsCurious Press, 2007).
When I was sixteen I worked at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma, Washington, affectionately termed “The Spag.” (Random factoid: This is also the restaurant where my parents met some 25 years before.) I attended Pacific Lutheran University where I sorted mail that came to the dorm, carted tables and chairs around campus, and took writing classes, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature. Knowing I wanted a career in books, I would also go on to receive a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University (which you can learn more about here). After graduation, I worked as an editor in Seattle for a while before becoming a freelance typesetter and proofreader.
Then, day of days, someone thought it would be a good idea to give me a book deal, so I became a full-time writer. CINDER was my first completed novel, though I have an adorable collection of unfinished ones lying around, too.
I married my husband in 2011, two months before the release of Cinder, and we adopted our two beautiful twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney, in 2015. Reading lots and lots of bedtime stories is most definitely a new favorite pastime.”
Illustrator: Douglas Holgate