Say Yael-o to one of my favorite books of the year so far!
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin imagines a world where the Axis Powers won World War II and Hitler remains in power. Yael, a death camp survivor, discovers her ability to skin shift after forced experiments. In order to end the Third Reich, Yael impersonates a female racer in the annual motorcycle race in order to attend the Victor’s Ball and kill Hitler. Yael’s plans grow complicated, however, when the racer’s twin and the racer’s ex-love interest both join the race.
When I read The Hunger Games for the time time, I told everyone I knew that they needed to read it even before I finished it. I did the same while reading Wolf by Wolf. From the first page, I was immediately invested in Yael and her story. This is a fast-paced book that you won’t want to put down!
I think tone of the strongest aspects of this book is the plot. The race in this book is action-packed and Yael’s background story is well-placed throughout the novel. The writing in this book really pulls you in and takes you away from reality. The world that Graudin builds is extremely well done and the book contains so many twists and turns that it leaves you wanting more.
I also think this book stands so strong because of Yael’s character. A problem that I have with characters in similar books are that they are only strong characters because they are ruthless fighters who lack emotion, even though they end up flopping with those expectations and stray from their motivations. I appreciate that Yael is a fighter, but she never loses her emotions or her humanity. Yael remains devoted to her goal and never loses sight of what is important to her. To me, Yael is one of the strongest characters that I’ve read about and readers don’t have to be reminded of this through other characters in the novel.
I can already say that Wolf by Wolf will most likely be in my favorites at the end of the year. From the plot, the writing style, to the main character, I loved every aspect of this book. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel! I give Wolf by Wolf five out of five stars.