Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Meyer, Marissa, and Douglas Holgate. Wires and Nerve. Feiwel & Friends, 2017. 978-1-250-07826-1. 238 p. $21.99. Gr. 9 and up.

From the Publisher: 

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 and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series. 

My Review: 

Jump back into the world of the Lunar Chronicles with this graphic novel told from the point of view of Iko, Cinder’s loveable, android best friend. Spoiler Alert: If you want to read the series, stop here.

Cinder is now queen and lives on Luna, while her comrades fill various roles to help Luna and Earth rebuild a trusting relationship. In an effort to prove her worth, Iko travels to Earth to apprehend rogue wolf-packs, remaining from Queen Lavana’s mutated Lunar soldiers. Catch up with each of your favorite characters, but don’t expect too many answers.

THOUGHTS: If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles, you may find the cast of characters quite confusing. Though Iko gives brief updates on each character, the details are minimal. The gray-blue color scheme does not distract readers from the action. Though planned changes and announcements are made, a cliffhanger will leave you anxiously awaiting the sequel (out in January 2018).

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Stone, Nic. Dear Martin. Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017. 978-1-101-93949-9. 210 p. Gr. 9 and up.

From the Publisher: 

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

My Review: 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Considering where he comes from Justyce, has lived a pretty good life so far. He escapes the “bad” neighborhood where he grew up and is fortunate enough to attend Braselton Preparatory Academy as a full-scholarship student. Captain of the debate team and an all-around good student, Justyce is on track to achieve all of his goals.

When he finds himself unexpectedly in handcuffs for trying to help his too-drunk ex-girlfriend, Justyce’s worldview shifts. He begins to notice the digs that his white classmates make and becomes increasingly frustrated with their antics. Speaking out in his safe space, the debate classroom, doesn’t help either because not everyone, including his best friend and fellow black student Manny, agrees with him. Throughout the novel, Justyce attempts to channel his frustrations by writing letters to Martin Luther King, Jr. in an effort to live like him. As he becomes more angered with his peers and their ignorance, Justyce begins to lose himself, especially when tragedy hits close to home.

THOUGHTS: Timely, raw, and powerful, this book will make readers think! Stone succeeds in portraying  a main character who truly loses his innocence after false accusations. Hand it to anyone looking for an amazing, fast, and heartbreaking read, especially reluctant readers. Language, racial tensions, and violence may make this a book suitable to more mature readers.