Thursday, October 05, 2017

Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer

I did not expect what I got out of this book. I was under the impression that it was more of a “spin-off” book, and was pleasantly surprised when it instead continued the ongoing plot of the Lunar Chronicles, and brought back all the main characters from the series. Everyone is present at some point, and they remain consistently characterized. My only regret is that graphic novels don’t cover as much plot due to length; there will probably be several years of waiting for new books before this storyline is done!

Though I would suggest reading the Lunar Chronicle books (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest and Stars Above) first, it isn’t necessary as I would anticipate. At the beginning of Wires & Nerve the reader receives a snappy, funny recap of previous events from the android, and main character for the graphic novel installments, Iko. It then dives into the present, with Cinder sending Iko to hunt the rogue packs of wolf-hybrids still terrorizing Earth after Queen Levana’s fall.

The main deterrent for my interest in reading graphic novels is the illustrations, but the art for this book was interesting enough and didn’t distract or take away from the storyline. It was also great to see the Lunar Chronicle characters on the pages because some of them, Wolf in particular, were difficult to visualize in the original series. It was nice to put a face to the name! Perhaps most amazing of all is Marissa Meyer’s ability to continue this series so well even when it means exploring different mediums of writing. There are few authors I could say wrote this many books in a series that were excellent, and fewer more that not only remained excellent, but also showed flexibility in their ability to write for different outlets and purposes.

Most Lunar Chronicle books are restructured fairytales, but I haven’t yet figured out if Iko’s story is heading in that direction. Maybe that will be revealed in a later edition! For those interested in both graphic novels, and fractured fairytales, manga series Fairy Tail and graphic novel series Fable are good options.

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