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The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

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List Price: £12.99


Hardcover: 384 Pages.

Published: 11 January 2018 by HQ

Edition: First edition

ISBN: 9780008210137

EAN: 9780008210137

Station Eleven meets The Girl With All The Gifts in a powerful speculative book club read, following 23 year old Lynn as she navigates a dystopian future.

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive

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.


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Feel the Cold of a Yukon Winter

There are a large number of post-apocalyptic books on the market at the moment. I have to confess that they are fast becoming one of my favourite genres.

This is quite a simple post-apocalyptic book in the sense that we are several years down the line. We know about the nuclear explosion & the following flu but that is merely background. We don't actually live through the events or their recent aftermath. We meet Lynn and her family several years down the line. They are living in the remote Yukon eking out an existance in the snow and the cold in a small group of log cabins. That is until Jax enters their lives bringing with him the outside world & the "Immunity" who at first sight seem to be a sort of flu police. However, as things progress the reader and Lynn discover that things aren't as simple as they seemed and that there is a past that Lynn didn't know she had and can't escape from.

This is very obviously a book which is the first in the series. This came as a relief to me as I didn't see how the author could do justice to the plot in the space of one book. So be prepared for cliff hangers!

I enjoyed this book very much. The author has kept the back story quite simple and the reader is not bogged down with detailed descriptions of the apocalyptic events. This book is concerned with the here and now, how the world has arrived at this point is quite minor.

I loved the descriptions in this book. I could feel the cold in this Yukon winter. I could sense the despair in the bitter snow storms and the relentless hard work to keep going in such a remote part of the world.

The characters in this book are quite clearly defined. In the close community I got a real sense of how difficult the relationships were. Lynn and a young family friend, Ramsey, are the only unrelated male and female. What does the future hold for them as a community?What will the strangers bring with them? Will they destroy the close ties that bind the group or push them further together?

This is a well constructed book with a good plot and inderesting and well defined characters. I shall look forward to the next in the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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