Title: Wolf by Wolf
( Wolf by Wolf #1 )
Author: Ryan Graudin
Published: 5. November 2015
Edition: Orion Children’s Books
Paperback, 390 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Fantasy
Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.Her story begins on a train.
Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.
But first she’s got to get close enough to him to do it.
Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she’s lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany’s most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If she can win this, she will be able to get close enough to kill the Fuhrer and change history forever.
But with other riders sabotaging her chances at every turn, Yael’s mission won’t be easy…
◄ 5 out of 5 stars ►
I have read this book together with my good friend Ariana @TheQuirkyBookNerd. It was wonderful reading this book with someone and then being able to discuss it together. Ariana is simply amazing and I hope that we are going to have more buddy reads in the future. Also be sure to check out her blog!
And now onto the actual review!
First I would like to say that I loved this book! It was seriously amazing. So this might be more of me raving about this book, instead of a regular review. You have been warned! 😀
The writing style was amazing, it just fit the story perfectly. The whole story is separated into two timelines – one is of the present time and the other is about the past (about 10 years in the past to be precise). The writing style made it all tie in perfectly and the mood of the past and present were quiet different, but both very believable. The fact that we got the story from the past and the present gave a lot more perspective and I was very interested in both. This is such a unique take on the World War II story and I don’t think that I have never read anything like it.
I do have to say though: I didn’t expect the race to be the way it was! I imagined it would be a race in a stadium or somewhere like that. But NO, this is a race across continents, over 20 000 km
(if I’m not mistaken with this number). I seriously had NO IDEA that it would be like this. Honestly, it was waaaay better than I though it would be and it worked perfectly for this story.
I adore Yael, she is definitely one of my new favourite characters. I love how strong and resourceful she was. She went through many horrible things and she managed to survive everything. I really admire her for that. I simply loved reading about her, she was just a fantastic protagonist. She wasn’t perfect, she had her flaws, yet she was simply wonderful. I’m looking forward to reading more about her.
I would like to mention that the side characters were also rather well developed. (That surprised me, as most of the books that I have read don’t have those “minor” characters well portrayed – in my opinion at leats.) I‘m very interested in which characters will show up in the sequel. Personally I would like to see more of Felix and Luka (among some others), they are the ones that interest me the most. I don’t really want to get into the characters that much, just because I consider writing more about them as spoilers.
This book was very fast paced and there were many surprises along the way. I didn’t see them coming! And I have to say: THE ENDING, THE FREAKING ENDING!
(Not going to say anything more about that, those who read it know what I mean.) I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I NEED to read it as soon as possible! Also I have NO IDEA where the story will go from here, it just makes me even more exited for the sequel.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Thank you all for reading my rambling review. I hope you have a wonderful day!