Selah’s Review of Wires and Nerve
I usually don’t pick up things that are related to ongoing novel series, mostly because I have to conserve my time and it can be hard to really get a sense of what’s going on in the story if you’re brand new. Thankfully, Marissa Meyer does a fantastic job of transitioning her Lunar Chronicles world to the graphic novel format without leaving new readers in the lurch in Wires and Nerve.
I seriously love this book. The intro does a wonderful job of catching anyone not familiar with the books up enough to enjoy this volume, showcasing new sci-fi versions of fairy tale characters who make up the Rampion crew: Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and others. It also shows Earth and Luna trying to work together after conflict as Iko, the android friend to a cyborg queen Cinderella, hunts werewolf soldiers who still remain on earth.
I know, it sounds complicated, but trust me, you fall into the story easily. The story mostly focuses on Iko and her mission, though it also really showcases her feelings on not being seen as equal to the rest of the Rampion crew because of what she is. She knows she feels friendship, loves things like dressing up, and has emotions towards people, but not everyone is keen to admit that an android might have that capability or be of value if it isn’t showcasing cheery, blind loyalty. There’s also emerging feelings toward a palace guard who isn’t keen on androids, which leaves off towards the end of the volume and really intrigues me to see where that’s going to go.
Even though this is focused on Iko, you also get nice views into things the rest of the cast is going through: Cress’s relationship to his parents and proving himself as more than a thief, Cinder trying to decide what’s best for her people and those on earth, Emperor Kai trying to promote new tech that could bring earth and the Lunar people to more easy terms, Scarlet and Wolf just trying to have some peace – all have some really interesting possibilities and are fantastic characters. Plus, the volume leaves off as the introduced villain really gets going, so it makes you want to keep going.
The art fits the story and is lovely and accessible without going overboard. I like that it’s a friendly style that showcases character expressions and emotions while still remaining sci-fi.
Honestly, this makes me want to go and read Meyer’s other work, like now. Overall it’s a fantastic idea, but this particular series is also really well-executed and addictive for fans and newbies alike.
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