Published by Crown on July 5th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: Free for Review
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True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller--narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim.
In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn't her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires--everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements--and each other.
Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents.
But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she's going to survive, she'll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he's turned her into.
This book was CRAZY.
I’m trying to figure out some way to talk about it and It’s hard. There is just so much going on. It’s a dystopian. It’s an adventure novel. It’s a 300 page chase scene. Elka is on the run from her Trapper for the entire book. Slowly, through flashbacks we begin to understand exactly why and what happened.
I loved the dialect that the story is told in. Sometimes, I find dialects in novels really hard to read but I didn’t have any issues with this book. Elka has a very unique voice. Her speech patterns were another element that made her come alive in my mind. She was so interesting. It’s unusual for me to connect with a character that I don’t like all that much. Elka is an incredibly strong character but she’s hard to relate to. She’s had a difficult life, she’s a little mean and antisocial, and she’s hard to like. Even though I didn’t like Elka, I wanted her to win.
There were also some really disturbing undertones. I don’t want to say much about it but it’s not too often that a book bothers me. This one did. It was refreshing to discover that I’m not dead inside after all.
This book is different, exciting and a little scary. Definitely worth reading.
Beth Lewis was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and great white sharks. She has been, at turns, a bank cashier, a fire performer, and a juggler, and she is currently a managing editor at Titan Books in London. The Wolf Road is her first novel.
Beth’s website is: www.bethklewis.co.uk
You can follow her @bethklewis
Praise for THE WOLF ROAD:
“An unrelenting psychological thriller of wilderness survival wrapped in a terrifying hide-and-seek game of trying to escape an unspeakable past. … Fans of suspense with a touch of horror will be pulled into Elka’s intense struggle to find peace and redemption as the whole truth is finally revealed.”
—Booklist on The Wolf Road
“Arresting…[an] odyssey that highlights the striking wilderness landscape and Elka’s grit.”
—Publishers Weekly on The Wolf Road
“A white-knuckle trip through a gritty, frightening, and all-too-plausible post-apocalypse. You won’t know whether to root for or be afraid of heroine Elka, and you won’t be able to put the book down.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts
“A remarkable first novel that drew me in from page one. I was reminded of the beautiful savagery of Cormac McCarthy’sThe Road and the elegiac overtones of Dickey’s Deliverance while reading—but Lewis has crafted something completely unique here, carried so powerfully along by the voice of its indelible young narrator.”
—Nick Cutter, author of The Troop
“Addictive and compelling…an apocalyptic thriller with a dark, horrible heart. It’s impossible not to root for Elka as she fights her way through a chilling—but disturbingly familiar—wasteland.”
—Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself
“Stark and soulful, The Wolf Road is a brutal yet poignant journey into the truth of one girl’s origins in a shattered wilderness. It masterfully dances between the savagery of the wild and the raw, blunt humor of frontier logic. A rollicking, striking read.”
—Robert Jackson Bennett, author of City of Stairs
“Dazzling…a literary thriller that weaves lush language and unforgettable characters into a genuine page-turner.”
—Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char
“An extraordinary novel—dark and funny and full of wild energy. Elka is a brilliant creation—fierce and vulnerable at the same time. Her story and her voice pull you in from the first page and never let you go. Gripping and unforgettable.”
—Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in the Marshalsea