Wires and Nerve: Volume 1
WIRES AND NERVE, Marissa Meyer’s first graphic novel, follows the story of Iko the android in a spin off sequel series of The Lunar Chronicles, and her adventures in the aftermath of the war.
The peace between Luna and Earth hasn’t been in effect for long when everything begins to fall apart. The mutant-wolf-human-hybrid things are stirring up trouble on earth, and it’s up to Iko to stop them, in style of course! Her adventures lead her all over the Earth, fighting bad guys, restoring peace, and reconnecting with all her past friends.
"WIRES AND NERVE was fun, fast-paced, and you don’t need any prior knowledge of the sister series to pick this one up."
If you didn’t like Iko as a character, you’re probably not going to like this book since it’s a whole lot of Iko. She is a very feminine character; she likes clothes, shoes and net dramas, (though most of this is only mentioned and not shown). She also spends a LOT of her time daydreaming about boys. The whole romance thing isn’t exactly limited to just Iko. The other characters all literally seem to be in romantic relationships, so if romance and fluff isn’t really your thing, maybe skim this book before you decide to read it. But that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t good. I also am not a fan of the whole romance idea, but I still really enjoyed this book even though that was a major theme. The storyline itself was separate from all that, so it wasn’t difficult to look past it.
One thing I remember from the original series is Marissa Meyer’s descriptive writing. Since this is a graphic novel, you miss a lot of that since it’s done in pictures and limited text. This means that the overall tone of the book is a little different than what we’re used to seeing from Marissa Meyer. This doesn’t mean the book is necessarily bad, but it does mean that the book distinctly separate in relation to the rest of the series. WIRES AND NERVE felt more fun and playful than any of the other previous books, and it’s also an extremely fast read. It was 240 pages long, but I read the whole thing in a little less than an hour.
This book isn’t really a stand-alone, but it isn’t really a sequel, either. While it does follow the story of a side character, all of the rest of the OG cast are still very present. In fact there are even entire chapters that follow just them as well. But that isn't to say that if you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles that would would be totally lost. I read the first two books when they first came out and never got around to finishing the series, and I was totally fine. The book did a really nice job of bringing me up to speed so I didn’t feel like I missed any gigantic plot points. That being said, don’t read this if you haven’t read the series and you don’t want to be spoiled.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a good story. WIRES AND NERVE was fun, fast-paced, and you don’t need any prior knowledge of the sister series to pick this one up.
Reviewed by Zoe I., Teen Board Member on March 15, 2017