Review: Wires and Nerve, vol. 1
Series: Wires and Nerve #1, The Lunar Chronicles #6
Also in this series: Scarlet, Cress, Fairest
Illustrated by: Doug Holgate
Released by Feiwel & Friends on 31 January 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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.
Four years ago, I picked up a book called Cinder and over the years I fell head over heels in love with The Lunar Chronicles. After Stars Above was published, everyone thought ‘well that’s it’. The end of the Rampion gang and their adventures. Or was it? Suddenly, Marissa announced she was writing a graphic novel with Iko as the main focus, and let’s just say lots of people lost their minds, myself included.
Wires and Nerve takes place after the events of Winter. Cinder/Selene is now queen of Luna, and all is well. But then, Cinder receives news that rogue packs of Lunar Special Operatives are still at large on Earth, wreaking havoc everywhere. Iko decides to travel to Earth to hunt down these packs and bring them back to Luna. But then, a new threat arises.
I am a huge fan of graphic novels and comics, and I love it when books I enjoyed get turned into graphic novels (still waiting for Harry Potter, to be honest). So yes, I was very excited to get my hands on this one, though when I finally did I wanted to save it for as long as I could. Obviously, I didn’t, and I ended up finishing the book in two days. And stars above it was beautiful.
The story was great, and for me, it didn’t feel like it was trying to drag out the original story too much. We got more information on several things that people were probably wondering about after the end of Winter and Stars Above, and I personally enjoyed finding it out in a book rather than finding it out through an interview or a blog post (no shade towards authors to do this, though).
Just revisiting all the characters I fell in love with was incredible, and I loved that we finally got to see what they looked like. Though of course, this is still one person’s view on the characters, and it is by no means ‘canon’. For example, even though it was clearly described in the books, I never pictured Jacin as a blonde. (I do now, of course, because I did kind of adopt Doug’s view of the characters). For me, they all looked almost exactly like I imagined, and I was glad that someone else saw them like this too.
Which brings me to the artwork. It was simple, with only blue tones, white and black used. I am very easily pleased with artwork, but I have to admit my favourite ones are still the very simple ones. Personally, I would have loved some little read details, just like the book covers, but I already loved the blue tones very much. Honestly, there literally wasn’t anything I could think of that I didn’t like about this book, other than the fact that it ended.
For me, Wires and Nerve was a great success, and I will certainly reread this graphic novel after rereading the Lunar Chronicles (which I honestly felt like doing again, even though I literally just reread them). If you’re not entirely sure you want to read this novel, you can check out an excerpt here. If you love the Lunar Chronicles as much as I do, what are you waiting for, go and pick up this novel! Even if you’re not a huge fan of graphic novels, just give it a try!
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