Wolf By Wolf – YA Alternative History


Goodreads Synopsis: 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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I got this book from the library a couple weeks ago, the cover was what drew me in at first. And then I also really liked the sound of the plot. Now I’ve finally gotten around to reading and finishing this book.

I’ve been having a hard time writing this blog post because I haven’t really decided how I like Wolf By Wolf. On one hand the premise is really well done. Yael taking Adele’s place made for a great story and it wasn’t easy.  I also liked the world-building, the world felt like it was in the 1950’s and at the same time it felt different.

At the same time I didn’t really like Yael. I mean she was fine, but she wasn’t really a great character. I didn’t feel like there was anything compelling about her. I didn’t like any of the other characters either. Luka, the mysterious wanna-be lover was about as stereotypical as they come. Felix, the brother, had no character development. He felt like a plot pusher.

In the end I gave the story 3 stars. It’s an okay story. I’d love to know if anyone else has read it, comment and let me know what you thought about it.


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