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review 2017-05-09 17:47
Wires And Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

I love The Lunar Chronicles, and this graphic novel is a perfect addition to an already fantastic series! I can't wait to read the second one when it comes out next year. 
All of our favorite characters are back, and they are brought to life with the illustrations. Those illustrations are awesome, and being a fan of the series, it is nice to see what exactly Marissa Meyer had in mind when she created the characters. It's quite close to what I dreamed up in my mind when reading the novels.
I love this book and all the rest in the series, so I can't recommend them enough, but I still will till the end of time! 




Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2017/05/wires-and-nerve-by-marissa-meyer-9.html
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review 2017-04-19 17:28
Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer (A Lunar Chronicles graphic novel)
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

Four stars for the story/writing, two for the art, so I split the difference.


The story moves well, and the characters are, for the most part, well written (there are some out-of-character moments, but I felt that the art was to blame for a lot of that). It's moving away from any sort of fairy tale format (which isn't quite as bad as Winter was, since that was supposed to be the story of Snow White) and there was too little Wolf and Scarlet for my tastes (story of my life, but this was only volume one, and they were set up for the next one), but it was a fun read.


Now, the art. What even happened here? This is only about three steps above stick figures. The characters all look the same, with some lowkey differences (Winter's shaded darker than the other characters and that's about it. And don't get me started on the Chinese characters with simple slanty lines for eyes...) The lack of color doesn't help, but that wouldn't have been as much of an issue if anything else was working. The backgrounds are boring, plain and unimaginative for a book that partly takes place in A PALACE ON THE MOON. What a disappointment. When something like science fiction is better done in the medium that is LESS visual, you know there was a huge failing somewhere.

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review 2017-03-24 01:41
Nerve - Jeanne Ryan



Vee is used to being a second banana to her best friend Syd, who stars in the school play while Vee does the stage make-up.  When she grows tired of being behind the scenes, she does a dare for an online game called Nerve.  Potential players can apply for the game and submit video of themselves performing various dares.  If chosen, contestants are given more dares, each with higher stakes and more tempting rewards.  To her surprise, Vee's clip is popular amongst the show's online audience, and she is invited to do more dares.  Soon she is paired with Ian, a boy she finds she can't resist.  Once she's been paired with Ian, the pressure to continue doing dares mounts, because his ability to keep winning coveted prizes is tied to her willingness to continue the game.  The Grand Finale ups the ante because they are grouped with several more players, and everyone becomes ineligible to win prizes if any one player in the group fails to complete the dares.  Which grow increasingly extreme and dangerous, not to mention ridiculous.


I listened to this book on audio, and I can't remember a time when my eyes got so much of a workout--from all the rolling.  Just--so implausible.  My willing suspension of disbelief snapped apart.  This book really wanted to tap into the Hunger Games audience, but the author seemed to miss the point that the tributes in THG had no choice but to participate.  In Nerve, players are wooed by prizes that happen to be things they really, really want (the Nerve producers research/snoop really well).  Eventually, some blackmail is used to keep players in the game.


In certain ways, this book reminded me of the Swedish thriller Game.  I kept thinking that at least, unlike Game, this isn't the first installment of a trilogy.  But the ending of Nerve was left suspiciously open-ended, so it's possible that this story could be dragged through two more installments.  The middle book would essentially be filler, as Vee and Ian try to track down the evil people behind the evil game.  In the third book they could finally succeed, after the evil game has gone through a couple more cycles/casts.


Oh, and do you hate fake flaws?  Our heroine's blue eyes are "too large" for her face.  Because no one wants to have big, blue eyes--that's just the worst.  And she is (::gasp::) a skinny girls with small breasts.  The horror!

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review 2017-03-15 01:30
A totally O.K. follow-up to the Lunar Chronicles.
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

So, in the months following Winter, life has progressed as one would expect -- Cinder has strengthened her position on the Moon, Scarlet's returned to the farm with Ze'ev Kesley, and Cress and the Captain are touring Earth. One of the loose strings that Meyer left hanging was the fate of the Lunar military troops all over Earth. They're still out there, causing trouble.


Cinder can't send any troops down -- in the aftermath of a failed invasion, the optics alone would be bad. But . . . she can send a single operative, and Iko nominates herself for that. She spends weeks taking out pack after pack, helping local authorities take them into custody.


But they're not just going to roll over, there are some that are preparing to strike back against Iko -- and Cinder.


Throw in a love story, an examination of Iko's true nature, and some nice catch-up with our old friends, and you've got yourself a fun story. It's fun, but it's light. If it were prose instead of a graphic novel, it might take 40 pages to tell this story. Which doesn't make it bad, just slight.


The art was . . . oh, I don't know -- cartoonish? Not in a bad way, but I see why some people I know weren't impressed. Once I got used to it (after about 30-40 pages), I even kind of liked it.


Basically, I'm saying that the book was okay -- I enjoyed it, but man, I wanted more. At the same time, I think it delivered everything that Meyer and Holgate were looking for, so I can't complain. Fans of the series may enjoy it, but it's not a must read. People who haven't read the books had best avoid it -- but should probably go back and read the novels.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/03/14/wires-and-nerve-volume-1-by-marissa-meyer-douglas-holgate
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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate I never thought a day would come where I would not be fan-girling over a new Marissa Meyer work. Sadly that day is here. I thought about this a lot last night, and I think the biggest issue I have with this graphic novel, is that the characters we have come to love in the books are so flat in graphic novel form. I just honestly didn't care what was going to happen throughout and found my mind wandering as I did. And some of the characters, like Winter, were just a total letdown. I have no idea what the illustrator was thinking, but her hair bugged me in every freaking panel. It kept getting more and more puffy. I don't know if it was supposed to be curly or just a bad Afro.

I think that this book takes place before some of the events in "Stars Above." We have Cinder ruling Luna. After the events of "Winter" we have Cinder and others (mainly Iko) trying to track down the rogue wolf-hybrid soldiers that Queen Levana and her henchmen were responsible for creating. So the comic has a short intro to the characters, the events that put Cinder on the throne, and then we fast forward to Iko being a wolf-hybrid hunter. Then we jump back to Luna. The back and forth was a bit much for me. I wanted more time in Cinder's head. Instead the main focus of these graphic novels is going to be Iko. I adore Iko. I mean 100 percent adore. And we do get to see Iko thinking about what it means to be an android and how frail humans are inside. It just seemed off to me somehow. The Iko we know from the books was into Kai, clothes, and being kissed. The Iko we get in this one is a bad ass fighter and killer. This one sets up a love interest that many are going to be rooting for I think. But the whole thing just left me a bit cold.

Other characters don't fare so well either. We barely get any of Wolf or Scarlett. We do get more cutaways and interaction with Captain Thorne and Cress though. We also get a cool scene which shows that Cress is still the smartest person ever. But, eh. I am just going to reiterate that everyone felt very flat to me. We do finally get to see Thorne's parents and I think in about five minutes due to Thorne's actions everything is forgiven between him and his parents?

We get a new big bad in this one. But after Queen Levana I have to say I am not impressed. The big bad's justifications for doing things was pretty much I am going to stop beating you to death when you give me what you want, oh you can't? Too bad, going to keep beating you to death. I actually felt a bit bad for Queen Levana in her stand alone book because you get to see how messed up she was due to her family. Though any sympathy for that character gets thrown out the window when you find out what she does.

The writing was okay. I am just going to recommend people not buy this via their Kindle like I did. I have the newest Kindle Fire and as much as I love that thing, I am starting to see that some books or other things I try to read on it are just not a good idea via that method. In order to even read this, I had to turn my Fire sideways. So it felt awkward the whole time. You can still zoom in and zoom out on panels, and good for the instructions that are set up via the Kindle in order for you to practice. However, no one thought or realized maybe, that due to having to turn the Fire sideways, you can't read the whole panel. So I had lines of text out of line of sight. I ended up getting so annoyed with that I just zoomed totally out of the panel and tried to read very tiny writing. I maybe swore a lot while doing this.

I thought the color scheme was very blah.

Believe me when I say that trying to read very tiny black lettering via a off-blue background was hard after a while. I needed to see some color somewhere.

I was sorry to see that the setting of Earth and Luna don't come alive at all in this graphic novel. Maybe I could get behind everything in Luna looking cold and blue. But when the action moves to Earth, why can't that be in color? Or at least pops of color?

The ending leaves things up in the air with possible harm coming to our heroes. I think I will wait before purchasing, and see if this will become available via the library first next time though.
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