This book was not what i was expecting but a worthwhile read none the less. I was instantly interested on a book that is based in a world where Hitler and the Nazi’s won the world. Wolf by Wolf written by Ryan Graudin starts slow but builds up to an explosive and thrilling ending.
Title: Wolf By Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Date published: November 5th 2015
Page Count: 390
Over ten years since the Nazis won the war, 18 yr old Yael has one mission: to kill Hitler – a captivating second novel from Walled City author, Ryan Graudin.
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. . .
Wolf by Wolf is an action book with some deeper undertones. Set ten years after Hitler and the Nazi Party won the war we follow Yael or her secret mission to infiltrate a famous race to get close to Hitler and assassinate him.
Firstly the setting really grabbed my interest. I also enjoy reading about alternate universes and i am a little bit of a history buff, so a book set in the 1950s post Germany World War II victory is setting with so many things and i am surprised it does not feature in many other books. While we do get an insight into the consequences of the Nazi victory, mostly through the flashback, but i really hope in the next book we learn more about what has happened politically and economically not only within Germany and Europe, but also the rest of the world, as this was quite limited.
It was a struggle to get through the first part of the book, the set up to the main bulk of the plot which was the Axis motorbike race. Once i crossed a certain point, probably two legs into the race itself, i simply could not put the book down. The plot had a really good momentum and build but the flashbacks often slowed this down and i was speeding through those sections so i could get back to the main plot.
The characters are all interesting, and the part i liked the most was all of their interactions with each other, or everyones interaction with the main character Yael who is impersonating the famous Adele Wolfe. Her interactions with Adele’s brother Felix and the other competitors, primarily Luka, drove not only her character but the plot along. She has struggled through much and has not forgotten her past (which is inked over her the numbers on her arm from the interment camp) and has a singular aim-the remove Hitler and the Nazi’s from power through her work with the rebellion.
I was not expecting the more ‘supernatural’ aspect to the story (the shapeshifting aspect) as it made the book, characters and the seeing seem less real. I was looking forward to exploring this Axis controlled world in a very real and believable way and while it was sold to us as a byproduct of science it just cheapened to reality of the scenario. However it came to be an important part of the book and of Adele’s character and essential to the major plot twist at the conclusion.
Wolf by Wolf has such a unique setting that i am excited to read and learn more about. After getting past my initial impressions of the books and disappointment in some aspects of the story both the characters and the plot really came into their own. It ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger and I will pick up the next in the series as soon as i have finish the rest of the books on my TBR pile.