cover image Wires and Nerve

Wires and Nerve

Marissa Meyer, illus. by Doug Holgate. Feiwel and Friends, $21.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-250-07826-1

A muted palette of black and denim blue lends a bleak, sooty undertone to the world of Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles in this graphic novel spinoff. This time, Meyer focuses on Iko, Cinder’s cheeky sidekick and an assassin agent sent to hunt down the wolf-soldier hybrids that are plaguing Earth. Unlike some of the previous novels, this story doesn’t require preexisting knowledge of the series, easily catching up fans and new readers alike with capsule introductions to Cress and other members of the Rampion crew in a prologue. Iko is an entertainingly flippant yet formidable heroine, a former servant droid who now inhabits an escort’s body and takes on bloodthirsty enemies as though she were invincible. (And compared to her other fairytale friends, she is.) Yet, Iko is left questioning her own humanity, misreading romantic tension with a royal guard and perhaps finding disturbing commonality with the wolf-soldiers who have one goal in mind: to force Cinder to cure the mutations that turned them into monsters. Holgate’s dynamic, stylized artwork handily balances the story’s action and humor while bringing Meyer’s world to vivid life. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)