Friday, February 10, 2017

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and art by Doug Holgate

Summary from Goodreads:
In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

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.
Last week was such a treat for me. I loved all the books I read. And I have to admit I was a little worried about this one. Marissa Meyer books are hit or miss with me. I loved all of the Lunar Chronicles, but kind of hated Heartless and Fairest.  Thankfully, this graphic novel was awesome!
When I first heard news of this, I was skeptical. I thought it would end up being a graphic novel of one of Meyer’s books that already existed. When I learned it was about Iko, I was super excited, and then worried it would be a story I already read but in her point of view. But, it wasn’t that either! It takes place after the last Lunar Chronicles ends. It’s a story we have not seen yet. And Iko is such a wonderful main character to have.
There are cameos from all of our favorite characters of books past. And while things center around Iko, it’s so nice to see what everyone is up to after the craziness of the last book. It’s an added bonus: getting to check in on old friends you never thought you’d get to see again.
The art was amazing. I loved the kind of Manga versions of everyone. I loved the mixtures of races and cultures. The one thing that was way off from my imagination though was the wolves. Were they really supposed to be that “wolfy?” I pictured them more human, less Lupin on a full moon.
I love that humor that comes with Iko’s character. I love her long-lasting crush on a certain prince, her memories of her and Cinder’s past family, her fashion sense, and her need to prove to people that she’s so much more than a robot. There’s a definite AI prejudice thing going on. She’s the only one not recognized for her efforts in saving the world from a deadly situation with the moon. So many strangers think there’s something wrong with her for not serving humans all the time. More than once, the need for a new personality chip is recommended.
And we get to see a whole new, kick-butt version of Iko too. She’s fighting the escaped wolves, and traveling the world to take them all down. She takes on large groups at once and does her part in helping her best friend. There’s also a new romance that’s hinted at for her, and I can’t wait to see how this develops. Iko deserves it.
The characters are all there! Iko’s character is getting some much-needed attention, action, adventure, fancy dresses, and hopefully romance. The art is amazing, aside from some very wolfy looking wolves. And I can’t wait to keep reading more. I give it a 9/10.


  1. I wasn't a fan of Fairest either which is why I still haven't read Heartless OR The Lunar Chronicles novella bind-up! Now that I have read your review for this though, I'm unreservedly excited for it and I WILL add it to my wishlist! Iko is amazing character with tons of potential so I'm thrilled to have that explored in depth here :D

  2. Yesss so happy you loved this one, Nori! I was a bit nervous about it too, but I think you've assuaged my fears about what this graphic novel would be like so I'm def looking forward to reading it now!!