In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
I read it in one sitting. My husband was surprised by this but I imagine that no bookish person would be. I already love the series and this is written in comic form so it’s that much easier to do in just one sitting.
I normally like to read ebooks but my husband has been listening to the series (as I had done) and just got Stars Above and so I asked his opinion on whether we should get the print hardcover or the ebook. His answer was that he can run over to Barnes and Noble and grab it during the rest of his errands for the day. When I finally got a chance to get my hands on it, I was surprised that it was a legit hardcover and looked like a book on the outside rather than a graphic novel would in the comics section. I’ve seen thick hardcovers there too, but they were always compilations of a huge set of comics that were a series put together or something. It was just a surprise.
I was also surprised by the lack of color. The blue hues that were used were gorgeous and evident from the cover but I did think at least the oranges would be sprinkled in there. But no. Make no mistake, this did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the graphic novel, but just a heads up to future readers.
While I’m sure that this graphic novel appeals to everyone who enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles and that it’s audience was much bigger than YA alone, the art was everyone friendly. By that, I mean that it was drawn akin to an issue of Lumberjanes with everyone fully clothed and no body parts exaggerated or disproportionate to reality and no suggestive body language or poses.
My favorite scene was in a store where they were attempting to get some replacement parts for Iko. When you read it, you’ll know why.
Now for the story! I am pleased to report that all your favorite people from the Lunar Chronicles will at least make a cameo though some have bigger roles than others here. This story is about Iko chasing down the wolves, and anyone reading is likely to have read the Lunar Chronicles, so you’d know that there has been some dispersal that is evident right at the beginning.
Of the characters who have been central to the series, my favorite here is definitely Thorne, though Wolf has a few awesome lines himself that made my little feminist heart flutter. There were some new characters I’d never met, mostly the new antagonists. They were set up well and I’ll be interested to see how everything pans out down the line.
I noticed on Litsy that plenty of others bought and devoured the story yesterday and almost 300 ratings have already been posted to Goodreads, so I’m not even going to bother putting it on my underrated list. If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, I’m sure you’ll love this too and probably pre-ordered weeks ago. If you haven’t picked it up yet, click on the link for the BookLikes page with several purchase options.
Reviews for the others are at the following links: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest (read before Winter for best impact), and Stars Above. Now we wait together for the next one to come out, which is slated for next year according to Goodreads.