Book: Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve 1) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Tags: Graphic Novel / Young Adult / Companion Series / Andriod / Sci-Fi
Other books in this series I reviewed Wires and Nerve
Other books by this author I reviewed The Lunar Chronicles // Heartless
Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series
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.
After having read the first volume last year I was very unsure about the rest of this graphic novel . Despite that I still pre ordered this volume. It is Iko after all. Overall I think this was a step up from the first one but still can’t quite reach the standard of the series.
Story wise we take of where the Wires and Nerve left us off, hunting the rogue wolf leader, Alpha Lysander Steele. There were various aspects that I quite enjoyed. The incorporation of all the characters from The Lunar Chronicles. I felt there was also more humor in this installment. There was about 100 more pages to this graphic novel than to the first and this showed by side stepping away from Iko in places to show Cinder or one of the others. I think that was a good thing. It rounded the story quite a bit more.
Having said that, I do still have some bits that I did not enjoy. One of them was Wolf’s storyline in this. It has already been done. It did not need a repeat. Other ‘twists’ were easy to guess. There was also Iko’s bit that I won’t give away. I loved what it could have done but I feel there was just little done with the repercussions. And lastly I wasn’t quite believing Jacin’s change of heart on Iko. He didn’t understand why people treated her like a human. She was just a piece of metal. And he did a quick 180 on that. In that regard I really missed not being able to get into his head through text. But I did appreciate that the romance wasn’t really pushed in this like I feared at the end of the first volume.
There was also a change in the art. Next to Douglas Holgate, Stephen Gilpin was now prominently shown as the illustrator on Gone Rogue. It does show in how some of the faces are drawn that there was another illustrator. But in most cases I think the art continues to match along with the first one.
I honestly wasn’t really expecting to see this being a duology, on this story at least. Looking at it in its whole, I do think the story is somewhat missing some real beef to it. I feel that it is a nice extra to the series but certainly not a musthave unless you really love Iko.