December 16, 2017

wires and nerve 1

Wires and Nerve Vol. 1

Marissa Meyer (story) and Doug Holgate (art)

Pub. 2017

238 pgs.

Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel

Summary / Review / TLDR / Recommended For / Issues / Themes / Grade


Summary

Following the events of the Lunar Chronicles series, life seems to have settled down for the former crew of the Rampion. Queen Selene, aka Cinder, rules the moon with her android advisor, Iko, at her side. But roving packs of wolfmen still stalk the streets of many Earth cities, terrifying the citizenry. They had lived under Luna’s thumb for too long to believe that the packs are just being disobedient. The fragile peace between Earth and Luna is under fire.

Iko decides to leave for Earth. As a lone operative, she can take down plenty of packs without Earth’s rulers thinking Luna is sending an invading army. Iko knows she’s strong enough and fast enough to stop the wolves, and her android body will protect her from being dinner.

But when her most recent raid reveals a deadly plot, Iko will need to call on all of her old friends to save the world again.

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Review

Wow, okay. This book was amazing. The art was absolutely stunning, though the action sequences were sometimes a little hard to follow. Not enough to distract from the story; just it occasionally wasn’t really clear what was going on. During the rest of it, though, the art was exactly what it should’ve been: clean details and excellent use of shading.

The story was easy enough to follow, even though I haven’t actually read any of the Lunar Chronicles books. I’m sure that there’s plenty of spoilers, but I had enough background that I understood this story. As a testament to how good it is, I offer this fact: I went and ordered Cinder on my Kindle before I was even a hundred pages into this book. The writing was fluid and the dialogue was believable.

I was impressed with how Meyer kept the characters distinct. Each one had a particular personality that was easily felt throughout the story. Even without the art, I feel like I would’ve been able to tell each character apart. With such a large cast, it’s an incredible feat. Kudos to Meyer on that.

In particular, I thought Iko was a really interesting character. I got glimpses of her backstory through this tale, and I wonder how different she is in Wires and Nerve compared to the prose novels. From the illustrations in this graphic novel, I can tell that Iko’s original body was humanoid, but that it looked more like Marvin from the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie or Eve from Wall-E. I’m hoping that backstory gets explored a little more in the novel or the next volume of Wires and Nerve.

Because seriously, that’s the only problem I have with this book: it’s only the first one! The immediate problems are solved, of course, but there’s a lot that hasn’t been resolved. There are mentions of Iko’s mysterious past, Cinder trying to shake things up on Luna, a big ball on Earth that still needs to happen, and, of course, the wolves aren’t all captured. Argh! But luckily, I only need to wait a few more weeks until the second book is released, and you can be sure I’ll be one of the first in line for it!

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TLDR

If you want to read it now, you can, but you might want to wait until after the next one is released for binging purposes. It’s an awesome book either way.

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Recommended for…

  • Fans of Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles
  • People who love action, adventure, and science fiction
  • Moon-people and Earthlings

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Issues

  • Bullying: characters verbally bully one another
  • Horror Elements: supernatural monsters are antagonists
  • Lying: characters lie to one another
  • Prejudice: some characters denigrate others for their backgrounds
  • Violence: supernatural and science-fiction action
  • Weapon Use: characters fight with weapons

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Themes

  • Change vs. Tradition
  • Determination
  • Family
  • Friendship
  • Good vs. Evil
  • Heroism
  • Identity
  • Justice
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Physical Health
  • Responsibility
  • Right vs. Wrong
  • Romantic Love
  • Survival

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Grade

Main Character 2
Subcast 2
Setting Development 2
Exploration of Conflict 2
Satisfying Resolution 0
Consideration of Themes 2
Didactic Tone 2
Suspension of Disbelief 2
Imagery and Description 2
Compelling Storytelling 2
Author’s Style 2
Rhythm and Pace of Book 2
Mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation) 2
Predictability 2
Reader Enjoyment 2
Total 28/30
93%

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