Never thought you would see that title on my blog, did you? Never thought I would type it either! HAHA! I finished Wires and Nerve 2: Gone Rogue the other day and I was in a strange spot. It’s not really the type of book that you can do a regular review for. There’s quite a few pages but, in comparison to a full length novel, there isn’t really enough meat to the story to review. So I thought I would do something a little different and look at this series as a whole.
Now, if you aren’t aware, Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel series which is in continuation to the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. The books in the Lunar Chronicles series are Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter. Each of the books takes on a new retelling of a well known fairy tale and it is SO well done! Each of them contains just enough pieces and parts of the tales we know to make it recognizable, yet at the same time they’re given a fresh new take with incredible and unique characters. In book one (Cinder) we meet a cyborg girl who struggles living with being accepted by humans, more specifically, people like her stepmother. Her sister (who she loves very much) gets sick and Cinder is blamed for that sudden illness. She is a mechanic and takes on a repair job for the Prince, and manages to strike up an unusual relationship with him. Sounds familiar and possibly like an overdone trope, but I PROMISE you – this is just SO good!
I have to say, that at the end of the 4th and final book in the series, I was satisfied. It ended on a great note, things were wrapped up, and I was happy. But fans across the world (myself included) missed these characters! They were all SO well done and we missed them too much. There was definitely room for more after the end of Winter, and that’s where these graphic novels come in.
Some people are loving that this series continued in graphic novel form. Others weren’t. But for me personally, I’m really loving it! I love the visual representation. I love that the plots aren’t as heavy yet at the same time they are. It’s done in such a way that the action isn’t written down in words but there’s also the visualization of it all, making it feel whole, yet at the same time isn’t weighing you down with words and descriptions. It also allows us to focus on ALL of the characters together. With each of the books we were introduced to new characters that made this amazing group of friends. Now we’re able to look at the whole picture and see where they’re going after the events of the book series. They’re all together in a way yet all doing their own thing and focusing on their own goals. It’s a very unique way to continue a well loved series! I will also say that I LOVE the art style and the way that everything is a monotone of hues of blue. It’s so beautiful!!!
So, if you love science fiction and retellings, and you loved the Lunar Chronicles, I highly recommend to get into these. It’s an easy way for people like myself to get into Graphic Novels. The graphic novel world feels a little overwhelming and you sometimes don’t know where to start. So if you’ve been considering them, and you’ve read the Lunar Chronicles, this would be a great way to get your toes wet!
Until next time, happy reading!