Title: Wolves of Winter
Author: Tyrell Johnson
Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive.
But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.
I closed my 2017 reading challenge with this book, and there couldn’t be a more perfect one for the subzero temperatures we’ve been seeing here. The atmosphere in the book is glacial and miserable, so I highly recommend this book during the dead of winter, or when it’s so hot outside that only imagination can cool you down!
In all honesty, however, it was refreshing (is this a pun?) to read a dystopian where the weather turns snowy as opposed to hot, dry, deserted wastelands. The author doesn’t gloss over glamourized details of a winter apocalypse – we see the characters suffer from the cold, the blandness of the food, the loneliness that can only be caused by strictly living with family members. We also get to read about the nostalgia caused by losing almost everything one had taken for granted, both through the character’s present-time and through flashbacks. There’s a grim reality in these pages that some dystopian books lack, so I truly appreciated reading about Lynn and her family’s struggles.
The characters were all wonderful with the exception perhaps of Conrad – I’m still not sure what was the purpose of adding a perverted, violent man for only a handful of pages? The book could have lived quite wonderfully without the Conrad-related arcs, but I suppose it would be important to show that survival can turn a person into something this nasty.
I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster as well as Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend picking it up!