Friday, 27 April 2018

Review - The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

Title: The Wolves of Winter
Author: Tyrell Johnson
Pages: 321
Publisher: 11th January 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s been forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter.

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 brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HQ and NetGalley*

Gwendolynn 'Lynn' McBride and her family moved to Yukon when she was young, after war and disease broke out, ending society as we know it. Now in her early twenties, Lynn spends her time hunting and surviving in the snow-covered landscape.
Things change when Lynn comes across a stranger and his dog. Jax brings danger to Lynn and her family.
What secrets will be unearthed?
Will everyone survive the events that follow Jax's arrival?

The Wolves of Winter reminded me of one of my favourite books, Wolf Road by Beth Lewis, in a lot of ways - both are post-apocalyptic/dystopian books set in the Yukon with female protagonists that can hunt. When I realised that there were so many similarities, I was worried I wouldn't enjoy The Wolves of Winter, but it surprised me.
I thought Lynn was a good protagonist and there were several other characters that I liked.
The plot was good and held my attention. There were a few aspects of it that I had read in other books, but I felt they worked well together in this. The action was well-done and there was a little romance (which I liked).
I did feel that it could have been a bit longer because I seemed to read it really quickly, but the pacing was good. Part of me wants a sequel, but I also liked the way the story ended.
The writing style was easy to follow and made me want to read on.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Tyrell Johnson writes next.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.