Thoughts on Wolf by Wolf
Wolf By Wolf
By: Ryan Graudin
Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele's twin brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission?
"Every time I think I've uncovered the true you, I find a whole new layer of secrets."
-Wolf By Wolf, page 192
This book was both mysterious and intriguing right from the start. I was on the edge of my seat right away, and absolutely glued to the pages. I loved how this book was both super action packed with realistic action and poetic at the same time. I sometimes would stop reading to just stare at the words and contemplate their deep, thought-provoking meaning.
"You've always been a cold one, but this is a new brand of savage. Even for you."
-Wolf By Wolf, page 175
The main character Adele, was epic. Adele can skin shift, which, if you don't know what I'm talking about, is the ability to change into to different people's appearances by just looking at them. It was so so so so so so so cool and added many funny and heart-hammering parts to the plot. It was epic. I loved how dedicated and brave Adele was. She was so willing to change the world and I just found her to be a great character that developed into an even greater character throughout the process of the book.
I also really really liked Felix. He was so relentlessly dedicated me, and it really annoyed me that Adele treated him the way she did, but I can see why she did it. I loved how much Felix grew in the story and what a good brother he was. On the other hand, Luka annoyed me to no end. I see that there had to be a stereotypical bad boy in this book, but UGGHHHH!!! Luka was so cruel and heartless, he also never saw beyond the surface. Luka could make me rant on for hours and hours, but I will just end this by saying he was the cockiest Arschlock there ever was.
"She was the predator this time. Not the prey."
-Wolf By Wolf, page 70
I loved loved loved the backstory in this novel. I loved how detailed the flashbacks were and how they gave us a peak into what had happened to make this kick butt character. I also loved how the flashbacks showed us our self-confident, strong character had not always been strong, that she had once been weak and helpless. The flashbacks were also, I felt, perfectly interspersed into the plot and were very well balanced with the present.
"The pain she could handle. It was the stares that punched through Yael's soul."
-Wolf By Wolf, page 83
Wolf By Wolf is one of the most captivating things I have ever read. It had the deepest writing and was extremely thought-provoking. This book was nothing like I have ever read before, and it absolutely blew me away.
"I did not choose his death. But I caused it."
-Wolf By Wolf, page 321
I loved the snarky comebacks that made me laugh and the long, deep conversations. Most of the characters sparked deep love or hatred in me, and I greatly admire a writer who can do that. This book is perfect, I would change nothing if I could.
In conclusion, I would recommend to history nerds like me, people interested in World War Two, and people who constantly ponder what-ifs.