That was fun! I read a graphic novel! I think the last graphic novel I read was Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi) back in 2014.
I don’t usually gravitate toward graphic novels, but I picked this one up because I loved The Lunar Chronicles series so much. I’ve seen a lot of my students reading graphic novels lately, especially manga, and I can see why it is appealing–it was fun to see a lot of the action illustrated instead of written.
When I read, I like making my own mental pictures of characters and scenes. I thought I would have more trouble matching my own pictures to the graphic novel, but because it was drawings and not real people, I didn’t find this too challenging.
Wires and Nerves, Volume 1 was an easy read, and played on all the best parts of The Lunar Chronicles series. Iko is the main character, and it’s especially exciting to see her personality shine more. There are spoilers for the 5 books in the series, so don’t read it unless you’ve read the entire series.
The story picks up right after the end of Winter and it’s all about some of Iko’s adventures, challenges, and facing her android-ness (and some discrimination that comes with being an android with a strong personality). I loved that it checked in on all the characters from the series, almost like an extended epilogue. I wont say too much more than that, because spoilers.
I read Wires and Nerves on my Kindle, and the text was teeny tiny! Each screen was a 2 page spread, rotated horizontally. Thankfully, my Kindle taught me that I can double tap on a frame, and it’ll open it up full screen. Then, I can swipe through the rest of the frames on the spread. This did make reading slightly challenging. Next time, I’ll probably pull it up on my iPad or check out the book from the library.
Wires and Nerves, Gone Rogue (vol 2) is in my holds right now, and I’m looking forward to reading it soon!