Wolf by Wolf is nothing if not a very rare literary piece of gem authored by Ryan Graudin that takes us to an alternate history where Hitler and the whole of Axis powers controls most of the world after winning the second world war and holds an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory.
This motorcycle race popularly known as The Axis Tour will also pave the way for the resistance to assassinate Adolf Hitler and ignite a revolution in the hopes of changing the world’s order. And they are all pinning their hopes with Yael who is competing as Adele Wolfe. Only Yael didn’t factor in the emotional turmoil brought upon by Adele’s brother, Felix and fellow competitor Luka.
Reading this book made me compare Yael to Katniss’s plight to bring hope to the people oppressed by the Capitol in the Hunger Games Trilogy. Then, I thought it’s not a really good comparison since this book could very well be a book that would really make its mark with its readers. The stirring narrative of the book’s main protagonist Yael combined with a flight or fight mentality made me feel nervous and excited at the same time and flipping its pages until the very end left me yearning for more.
The whole skinshifting thing just made the whole book more exciting in a whole new level. I loved the intensity of each chapter and the edge-of-your-seat feel especially when Yael’s gets into a compromising position. And then there’s the secondary characters most especially the five wolves that totally made its mark one me despite their little “screentime” in the book.
One of the themes in this book has always been one of my interests when it comes to reading historical fiction. I still can’t get my head around the Nazi’s atrocities towards the Jews. It’s just beyond my comprehension – these evil deeds. I just cant. Each book with the Holocaust theme always breaks my heart and I end up having to take a break from ‘em because I get overly emotional. This I have to drag on reading for so many reasons and one of them is what I have just mentioned and the number one reason is because it’s just so so good I hate to have to end it.
This is a relatively lengthy book but there’s something about it that made me want to finish it right away but then I realized that prior to reading this book, I’ve found out that the sequel will still be next year which made me so frustrated because I just need more from this story! People, I am telling you – it is that good. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Expected publication: October 20th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
About The Author
Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at http://www.ryangraudin.com.