Wires and Nerve

Wires and Nerve

Title: Wires and Nerve

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: Wires and Nerve, Volume 1

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: January 31st 2017


Five Stars

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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“These monsters are after my friends, and I will do anything – absolutely anything – to keep them safe.”

Set in the months after she reclaimed her throne from Levana Cinder finds herself struggling to track down the wolf-hybrid soldiers still on Earth. Unwilling to return to Luna and face possible enslavement at the hands of another power-hungry Lunar monarch they are wrecking havoc on Earth and threatening the hard earned peace alliance between the two planets. Knowing she is the only option, someone Cinder and wholly trust and someone who would be very hard to take down, Iko decides to track down the soldiers and bring them back to Luna to answer for their crimes.

“I’m resilient. I’m trustworthy. And I would do anything for Cinder.
So why shouldn’t it be me?”

However despite her overwhelming success there are still soldiers who escape capture, and it isn’t long before those escapees come back to haunt Iko as they go on the offensive against Cinder and against all the people Iko cares about. Even with help from Thorne, Cress and Kinney Iko does not have an easy task ahead of her.

It was all too easy to jump back into the world of The Lunar Chronicles again. Wires and Nerve was a quick read, with volume one building up to what promises to be an amazing volume two; full of danger, action and more appearances from all my favourite characters.

…The Characters

“I know I’m not flesh and blood. No nerve endings. No heartbeat. Just a robot with artificial emotions and a disposable body.
I know I’m not really human. 
But aces and stars, I wish that I was.”

Iko was more of a secondary character in the original series but in this book she shines through as a main character. She is the same android she has always been – loyal to Cinder and the friends she made, bold, bright, bubbly, and unique among androids – but this time we get to see some of her doubts, insecurities, and more human emotions. Despite playing a large part in the rebellion Iko’s role has gone largely unrecognized, and despite her uniqueness she is seen as nothing more than a faulty android by people outside of her small circle of friends.

“I misread the romantic tension, Didn’t I?”

The small hint at a possible relationship between Iko and Kinney in Winter was more developed in this graphic novel, but it is still just an idea. The two have more of a love/hate relationship than anything else but there is definitely romantic tension between the two of them.

Although Wires and Nerve was about Iko’s journey we still got small glimpses at the other crew members from the Rampion. Cress and Throne both played a larger part in Iko’s journey, as did Cinder still in Luna. We got small glimpses of Jacin, Winter, Kai, Scarlet and Wolf and it was wonderful seeing all my favourite characters again in a brand new story.

…The Setting

“Once upon a time, there were nine unlikely heroes.”

Wires and Nerve is a book that bridges the gap between Winter and the last novella in the Stars Above collection. We see Luna healing after the scars Levana’s reign left on the country, we see the treaty between Luna and Earth being threatened by the wolf-hybrid soldiers, and we see Cinder struggling with her decision to abdicate her throne and make Luna a republic. This book allows us to see both planets recovering after the rebellion and allows us to see in more detail the smaller steps that are being taken to prevent someone like Levana ever gaining power again.

Wires and Nerve was a quick but addictive read, I nearly missed my train because I was too engaged in the story. It was wonderful going back and seeing all my favourite characters again, as well as seeing the trials they need to face now Levana is out of the picture. Wires and Nerve Volume One was all about building up the plot for, what I hope, will be an explosive second volume.

What did you think of Wires and Nerve? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

29 thoughts on “Wires and Nerve

  1. Ahhhh I really have to read this book! I adore the Lunar Chronicles and Marissa Meyer, as you know, so this is a must-read. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m so excited to read more about Iko. I loved her in the original stories, and it sounds like she has a bigger role in these so that’s even better ahah. ❤ Lovely review!

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    1. In that case I’d highly recommend this book. I know how much you love the series, it’s the same among I love the series as well! ❤
      It was great seeing more of Iko in this book, she definitely had a kick bigger role and she remains one of my favourite characters. So excited for volume two now! 😀
      Thanks Analee. 🙂 ❤

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  2. I haven’t finished up the Lunar Chronicles just yet but I’m really excited to read this one! I haven’t read a graphic novel in a while so this would be a treat! Also, Iko has always been my favorite secondary character in the Lunar series so it’d be so much fun to see her front and center! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one and the images seem really lovely to look at 😀

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    1. Oh well in that case you’ve got a lot to look forwards to; not only finishing the series but also the anthology collection and then this graphic novel! 🙂
      Iko was one of my favourite characters as well, there’s just something about her you can’t help but fall in love with, and it was amazing reading her at the forefront of a story instead of in the background so to say. The images are gorgeous as well! 😀

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      1. Yay! It’s nice to know that the Lunar world doesn’t end with Winter ❤ I love that world too much to just leave it behind haha
        Can't wait to get my hands on Wires and Nerve. I think we could all use a little more Iko in our life LOL

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  3. Was really curious to hear what you had to say about the graphic novel “spin-off”? of this series. I’m glad to hear that it turned out really good! Meyer is probably the 2nd YA author that did a graphic novel spin-off/adaptation type of thing for me. The only other one I know of is Marie Lu! Have you tried her graphic novels? Of course, I assume you’ve read her books (the whole Legend series one) though.

    – Lashaan

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    1. I ended up really enjoying this spin-off yes. Graphic novels aren’t normally the kind of books I pick up but I couldn’t resist when I saw it was for TLC series.
      I haven’t actually. I read Legend and half of the second book but I was in the middle of a huge slump so never finished. The whole series is back on my to-read list, so is her Young Elites books as well. Once I get through them I’ll probably pick up the graphic novel as well! 😀

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  4. Lovely review, Beth! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this so much and yes, it felt so good to get back into this world, right? And Iko, I love her so, so much. I can’t believe we have to wait so long for the next book to be released.

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  5. Ah, I want this one so bad! Whenever I visit Barnes & Noble and I see this on display, I just want it in my hands. ❤ It looks absolutely stunning. So glad to see you enjoyed it!

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    1. In that case maybe the next time you go into Barnes and Noble you’ll pick it up? It’s an amazing book and the artwork is definitely stunning. I’d highly recommend this one for any fans of The Lunar Chronicles series.
      Thanks Mikaela! 😀 ❤

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  6. Great review!! I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this book, especially since I know how much you loved The Lunar Chronicles! 😀 Also, I completely understand being sooo engaged in a book that you miss your train. That happened to me the other day, when I was going home from university. Luckily the next one came soon, so I didn’t have to wait long! XD

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    1. Thanks so much Anna. Ha, yes, the Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series so I guess I was almost guaranteed to like this one as well.
      It’s the sign of a great book, when you don’t look up long enough to notice your train pulling into the station! This was definitely one of them for me but I managed to notice before the doors closed without me! 😀

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