Saturday, 19 March 2016

Review - Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Title: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Pages: 400
Publisher: Orion Children's Publishing
Release date: 5th November 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:
Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same. Her story begins on a train.
Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.

But first she's got to get close enough to him to do it. 

Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she's lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If she can win this, she will be able to get close enough to kill the Fuhrer and change history forever.

But with other riders sabotaging her chances at every turn, Yael's mission won't be easy. . .

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

It is 1956. It's been ten years since Hitler won the war.
Yael was sent to a concentration camp as a child where she was experimented on by a German doctor. As a result, she can change her appearance at will.
Now part of the resistance, Yael is given a mission - win the Axis motorcycle tour with the face of Adele Wolfe, a previous tour winner, so that she will have the chance to dance with Hitler. And kill him.

Wolf by Wolf was an intriguing read.
The thought of Hitler winning the war was a scary one and I thought that the world the author created was realistic. I also thought that what happened to Yael was believable - the Nazis did experiment on people - and I thought the subject was handled well.
Yael was a good protagonist. I felt really sorry for her and enjoyed learning about her past, especially the reason behind each of her wolf tattoos.
The plot was interesting and held my attention.
I liked the writing style and wanted to read on.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.