April 17, 2017

Review of Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer/Doug Holgate

Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi
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.

*a finished copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Wires and Nerve marks my first ever YA graphic novel review (and it's also one of the very few I've read)! Back when I heard Marissa Meyer was making a graphic novel I was beyond excited since I had LOVED her normal books and knew it would be amazing. After I received a copy to review which I finished in one sitting because I couldn't put it down, I knew with certainty that this is the best graphic novel I've ever read (YA or not).

Since Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel rather than a normal YA book I looked at and viewed its art style/images as the most important aspect of it. The art style was based on hues of blue, white, and black for the most part and I don't think I saw any other colors. The drawings themselves were interesting as some of the characters looked differently than I had imagined in my mind but obviously Doug Holgate wasn't going for a 100% realistic portrayal of the characters (as in making them look like people in real life) and instead drew in his own style. Despite the focus on only a few colors and unique art style I feel like Doug Holgate was really able to bring the Lunar Chronicles world to life. It was really really cool to see a series I was so used to seeing in words become images and I can't wait for there (hopefully) to be more in the future.

The characters in Wires and Nerve are mostly the same from the previous books (with a few new ones) since the graphic novel is a sequel to the series. We get to see what happened after the previous book ended and the problems the gang has to face now. Whenever a series I love ends I always want more and the Lunar Chronicles is one of the few times that I've actually gotten more. Like I mentioned before it's kind of weird at first to see the story continued in graphic novel form but it's so good that within a few pages you get used to it. I definitely wish Wires and Nerve was longer than 240 pages but I suppose graphic novels are harder to make longer since you also need the art and everything so I can't complain much. Either way Wires and Nerve was amazing and something I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to rereading again.

If Wires and Nerve is picked up by itself with no prior knowledge of The Lunar Chronicles it won't make that much sense but if you've read the Lunar Chronicles before you will absolutely love it. It's a quicker read than the other books since it's a graphic novel but it's still a sequel to the series that didn't exist before. Even if you're not a graphic novel reader I would still recommend this to all fans of Marissa Meyer's books, you won't regret it.

5/5 - AMAZING book

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