The novel starts where Winter left off; Earth and Luna are trying to rebuild, both experiencing loss and destruction. There is a cure being distributed for the debilitating Letumosis, the evil Queen Levana has been defeated. Emperor Kai and Queen Selene (Cinder) are holding together a fragile peace. However, Levana's wolf soldiers let loose on Earth have gone rogue, scattered across the world. Enter Iko, Cinder's best friend and an android, turned wolf hunter. She is bad ass, willing to risk herself for the survival of her friends and what they have worked so hard to achieve.
These wolves are starting to band together, they are beginning to come together under a leader. This is the first in a series of graphic novels, so there was a lot of necessary exposition. It was great to see all our favourite characters as comic book personas. I especially loved seeing Wolf and Scarlet being domestic, with the tomatoes and Wolf being 'hopeless'. Scarlet was by far my favourite novel in the Lunar Chronicles.
We are also reintroduced to Liam Kinney, remember him? He is a guard who helped Cinder's gang and became her personal guard. The one who, in Winter, was sparring (read flirting) with Iko, only to be disgusted to find out she is an android. Well, he's back, and the two of them are better than ever. These two remind me of a postmodern Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. Their banter, his apparent disapproval of her place in society, the obvious romantic tension (which both Iko and Carswell Thorne pick up on, although they think their watching net dramas is to blame). Iko 'hates' Kinney, mostly because of his views on androids, and the way he treats her because of this.
I am so excited for the next installment, read that as impatient. I mean, this 90's girl's heart is over the moon (pun intended) for all of these Sailor Moon/Fairy tale mashups from Marissa Meyer. And I love, love, love this sassy, kick ass, fashion forward, more human than most android, Iko. I want more! I want her backstory; which, this installment promised was coming with a cryptic mention of a folder hidden in her personality chip. I want Iko and Kinney (their hate-love is too cute).
This series is fabulous, in any format!