Monday, September 17, 2018

Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue (#2) - Marissa Meyer (Art by Stephen Gilpin)

Summary:  The world of the Lunar Chronicles comes alive in this thrilling continuation of Wires and Nerve.  Iko -- an audacious android and the best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder -- has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bio-engineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna.  Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.  And to show he's serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature into this epic new battle.  But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.  Questions of love, friendship, and mortality take Iko on an emotional journey that will satisfy and delight fans of this bestselling series.  (Summary from book - Image from amazon.com)



My Review:  I reviewed the first novel in this series last week, so if you haven't read the original Wires and Nerve, I suggest you start with my review of that book.

Those who have already taken the deep dive into the Lunar Chronicles (and associated novels), will likely enjoy this second volume of the Wires and Nerve graphic novels, Gone Rogue.   It should be noted that although each book has a different illustrator, there doesn't seem to be much of a difference between their two styles, so readers won't have to adjust to a new look on their favorite characters.

In this volume, android Iko is saddled with a new partner, Liam Kinney, as she tries to stop Lysander Steele from carrying out his nefarious plans to bring down Cinder, the Lunar Queen.  Kinney is equally determined to find the rogue wolf and protect his sovereign, but makes no effort to disguise his contempt for Iko's human-like programming at every available opportunity.  Meanwhile, Steele sets out to exact revenge on the Lunar leader by tracking down her friends and soon everyone she loves is in jeopardy.  Iko is determined to save them all, at her own peril.

I enjoyed this book and blazed through it in a couple of sittings.  Iko a strong female lead (be she android, or not) and it's always fun to get to see my favorite Lunar characters and get to read a little more of their story line.  However...it did kinda feel like just more of the same.  Still totally enjoyable, but not something that I'm going to write an epic poem about.  I enjoyed the introduction of Liam Kinney, even if he did start out as a pompous windbag.  It was fairly obvious from the get-go what was going to happen with that particular plot thread, so the only thing surprising about it was the quick-as-a-light-switch transition.  *Flip*

So, long story short:  Fun.  Nothing surprising.  Still something that I think Lunar fans will enjoy.  Not something I think any old Joe will care for if they haven't read the series. 

My Rating:  3.5 Stars.

For the sensitive reader: Some serious android dismemberment.

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