Wolf By Wolf

Wolf by Wolf #1

Reviewed by Melanie on May 15, 2017


Last week I went into our local library to renew the first Harry Potter book for my seven year old. The librarian said “I’ve been waiting to see you! I think you’ll really like this book!” She’s never steered me wrong, so I checked it out and headed home.

The book immediately piqued my interest, even just reading the inside flap. Can you imagine a world where Hitler won? Where the Nazi Youth is not something we see in black and white on TV, but something that still exists, and all children are expected to participate in? Neither could I, but for Yael that is the world she lives in. The book is not set in our time, but a few years after World War II. In an alternate ending where Hitler wins and joins forces, not with Russia, but with Japan, conquering most of Europe and Asia for their play at world dominance. Enough with the history though, let’s get to the story itself.

Yael, survivor of horrible things, trained assassin and now part of the resistance has a very special set of skills that makes her the perfect person to end Hitler’s life. Every year, to celebrate the success of the Great War, Germany and Japan host a motorcycle race from Germania (formerly Berlin) to Tokyo. Posing as former victor, Adele, Yael must win the race to be invited to the exclusive Victor’s Ball to take her shot at Hitler.

The story takes so many twists and turns through. The characters are well developed, and even those that are supposed to be the villains are easy to like, and hope that they have a change of heart, or are secretly part of the resistance as well. The story did lag in places, but quickly picked back up and moved forward, giving us brief pieces of Yael’s history through the thousands of miles of the race.

As always, I don’t want to spoil it, but make sure you have book two waiting (my library doesn’t have this yet!) because after the ending you’re going to want to jump right back into Yael’s world to find out what happens next.

Wolf By Wolf Book Cover Wolf By Wolf
Wolf by Wolf #1
Ryan Graudin
Historical, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Fiction, Dystopia, War, World War II
Little, Brown Books for Young readers
October 20, 2015

Her story begins on a train.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.

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