Wires and Nerve volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
A fun conclusion to a fun series.
Synopsis from GoodReads:
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.
I really loved volume 1 of Wires and Nerve so I’ve been looking forward to reading volume 2 for over a year now. And I liked it. I can’t say I loved it, but I had fun with it. And now WARNING! THERE MAY BE SPOILERS FOR THE END OF THE LUNAR SERIES AHEAD!
With that out of the way…
I loved the exploration of Iko’s origins. I can’t be the only one who’s wondered just how and why Iko came to be, well, Iko. So I’m very happy that we got to see a lot of that here in volume 2 and I admit to being incredibly satisfied with the answers we received about Iko’s development/growth.
And I enjoyed the story line. It was a bit predictable, but I liked getting from point A to point Z, even if some of what happened made me question the likelihood of events or go ‘sigh not again’. There were certain people I would have liked to see more of, too, but I get that this is primarily about Iko and Cinder.
The art style was still just there for me, not something I loved or disliked, and I still missed Meyer’s prose descriptions. But overall I definitely enjoyed it and found it a satisfactory conclusion.
So, 4 out of 5 stars. Definitely recommended for fans of the Lunar Chronicles, because this ties up some loose ends between the end of Winter and some of the short stories in Stars Above and also to see more of your favorite characters.