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Title: Wolves of Winter
Author: Tyrell Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: January 1, 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive. But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.
Ahhhh I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. This book has fuelled the fire that is my love of post-apocalypse fiction. Lynn, the protagonist, is a badass survivor. She and her family escaped the war and the flu that killed of most of human kind. The flu did not leave them totally unscathed. They lost Lynn’s father, her pillar, and were forced to flee and make a life for themselves in the harsh cold climates of northern North America. They subsist on carrots and potatoes, along with whatever meat they can hunt or trap. Years have passed without them crossing paths with any other humans, however that all changes when Lynn happens upon the stranger, Jax. Through Jax, Lynn discovers the world outside of their limited existence. She learns more about her world and even herself than she could have ever imagined. This stranger’s presence in her life shifts her perspective and sets her on a course that could change the world.
This story is absolutely riveting. I can easily say it’s in the top 5 best books I’ve read in 2017. Johnson kicks off the new year with a bang with his heart-pounding, suspenseful thriller. We’re thrust into the action years after humanity has faced its downfall. We learn about the fall through Lynn’s memories and the memories of her family, learning about it in bits and pieces. This world that Johnson has built is both beautiful and terrifying. With so few people left and so much unknown, these characters face a daily struggle just to stay alive. In a cold world covered in snow it is both peaceful and dangerous. Outsiders are not trustworthy and everyone is suspicious. It makes for a very intense reading experience!
Lynn herself is a red-haired, firecracker of a woman. She’s tenacious, hardy, self-sufficient, independent, and determined–a great heroine for a great story. She’s learned to fight and to do what it takes to survive. She doesn’t stray towards violence, but she learns defend what is her’s and to protect those she loves by doing what needs to be done. She’s a woman grown, yes, but this is still a coming of age story where she makes the decision to leaver her family and its safety behind to make a way for herself. It’s a story of self-discovery as Lynn uncovers unfathomable secrets about her own past.
Such an excellent and worthwhile read! I’m so glad to have read such a fast-paced and thrilling story.
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