Title: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
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First of all I want to thank Netgalley and Hachette Children’s Group for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This was the first book I requested on NetGalley and I was so excited when my request was approved. I have been spying this book all over instagram and the cover alone intrigued me to the book. So first let me give you an idea of what it was about.
The year is 1956 and unfortunately for the world Hitler’s rise to power continues. Each year their is an annual motorcycle race that crosses Europe and Japan to celebrate the Nazi’s victory over Britain and Russia. The winner is awarded with an evening at a ball with Hitler himself. Yael is an escapee of a death camp who, thanks to the experimentation of a doctor at the camp, is able to shapeshift. Her goal is to win the race and get close enough to Hitler to publicly put a bullet in his head.
Are you intrigued yet??
As a lover of history I have read many books over the years about the atrocities that occurred in the death camps during WWII. Not many people know of the horrific experiments that took place during this time. Including the attempted modification of people’s features to try and make them look like the “perfect aryan” individual. Graudin not only gave an alternative end to the war, but also gave a different view of how the experiments could have ended if they created a type of human. One who has abilities that no one could have imagined. This unique view on how the war could have ended left me wanting more long after I finished the last page (thank goodness there is a sequel).
“These were the names she whispered in the dark.
These were the pieces she brought back into place.
These were the wolves she rode to war.”
I think this is the quote that explains Yael the best. She managed to escape horrors most people couldn’t even imagine, yet she keeps fighting. She keeps surviving. However, she has a vulnerability about her. Due to her shifting ability, courtesy of the experiments she had to endure at the camp, she is unable to remember what she looks like. She wears the faces of people who turn their heads away from the horror that is happening all around them. She spends most of her life being other people. But throughout the story the wolves on her arm remind us of what she is fighting for and who she is fighting for. It shows us that no matter who’s face she is wearing, deep down, she is just doing what she thinks is right. For her people and for the world.
If you want to read a historical novel full of adventure, betrayal, jealousy…to be honest a book that leaves you with biggest need to have the sequel already in your hand, then this is definitely the book for you.
Rating – /5