February 8, 2018 • Cee • Comics

Going Rogue (Wires and Nerve #2) by Marissa Meyer & Stephen Gilpin • January 30, 2018 • Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
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The second graphic novel, and sequel to Wires and Nerve, Volume 1, from #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Marissa Meyer!

Iko―an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder―has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered 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 in 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.

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First sentence: “Almost a year has passed since we overthrew the wicked tyrant, Queen Levana, and crowned my best friend, Cinder—aka Princess Selene Blackburn—as the true queen of Luna. “

Welcome back to The Lunar Chronicles and Iko kicking ass!

In the previous book, bounty hunter Iko and appointed sidekick (joking!) Kinney have been hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele and the “rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers,” who demand that Cinder reverse their mutations or blood will be shed. Of course, there is no way to reverse what former Queen Levana did, so what now?

For those who have yet to read the first graphic novel of Wires and Nerve, you must, and this is everything you need to know.

Everything You Need to Know About
Going Rogue (Wires and Nerve #2)

  • Don’t mess with this family.

The Rampion crew are a family. You mess with one, you’ll have to deal with the rest of the crew. Regardless of the danger, you bet your ass they’re gonna come running. Alpha Lysander Steele learns firsthand of their fierce loyalty to each other (which he does not understand). It’s admirable the things they’re willing to do for each other. They have so much faith in each other, I cries! 

  • You get a villain who just doesn’t understand.

Alpha Steele is…more than just stubborn. He just can’t see reality for what it is. He’s hellbent on revenge for what had been done to him that he can’t see that Cinder cannot reverse the mutations, and that she wants to help him. He has gone through a lot of hurt (and carries it with him); you can’t help but feel sorry for him.

  • It speaks a lot about what it means to be a human being.

Iko is an android, yes, she gets that. She can’t eat or drink. She doesn’t have the body functions of human beings. She’d like everybody to stop reminding her she isn’t like her friends. Iko, oh Iko. She tries to fit in, but dumb Kinney has to remind her she lacks humanity. It’s heartbreaking to see Iko question who she is and why she exists in the first place. It explores what is humanity.

  • You will be like Iko and swoooooon at the adorable couples.

You can’t help it! Not with the adorableness that you’ll find in the pages of Going Rogue. Scarlet and Wolf. Cinder and Kai. Thorne and Cress. Jacin and Winter. HEART EYES TO THE MAX. My heart was bursting with so much love because of the cuteness.

  • The art is illustrated by a different artist!

I just noticed it! Volume 1 was illustrated by Douglas Holgate and this was illustrated by Stephen Gilpin. The great things are: 1. the art is excellent and 2. I didn’t notice that Going Rogue was illustrated by someone different. Take a look at the art for Going Rogue! I’ll have to go back and pay close enough attention, but I like that it doesn’t make you go, “hey! this doesn’t look like the previous book!” 

  • You won’t want it to end.

It’s so much fun and heartwarming, and it’s hard to see that Iko’s story has come to an end. Hopefully we’ll get more in the future? Maybe?

Who will love this graphic novel? Readers who love the Lunar Chronicles books. Anybody who like reading about bounty hunters and fantastic art. People who read Wires and Nerve, and want to know how this story comes to an end.

Should you read Going Rogue (Wires and Nerves #2)? Yes. If you love the Rampion crew of the Lunar Chronicles, you need to finish this series up.


 


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