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The Wolves of Winter Paperback – 29 Nov 2018
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‘Lynn is an intriguing heroine in a compelling environment. When the novel sends her off into the wilderness, it sings…’ Sci-Fi Now
‘With elements of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and TV's ‘The Walking Dead,’ the book gets off to a gripping start, blending visceral thrills with existential reflections….A stylishly written debut by a novelist to keep an eye on…..’ Kirkus Reviews
‘An exciting, fast-paced tale…Johnson is an excellent storyteller; the novel is full of action, suspense, and plot twists as the resilient characters fight for survival in a harsh winter wilderness.’ Publishers Weekly
‘If Jack London had written a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age thriller, it might read something like this. Curl up with The Wolves of Winter by a warm fire, and set aside a day, because this is great, absorbing fiction, with one of the most appealing protagonists I’ve ever encountered. It deserves the widest possible audience.’ Blake Crouch, author of the New York Times bestselling Dark Matter and the internationally bestselling Wayward Pines Trilogy
‘This is fiction at its best: a gripping plot, imagery that arrests and illuminates, and characters that will haunt you well beyond the closing of the book…’Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Hausfrau
‘I read The Wolves of Winter in one sitting because I couldn't stand to put it down. Gripping, fierce, and a sobering ‘what if’ for our unsure times, this fast-moving debut allies a Katniss Everdeen with a Jason Bourne, lands them in a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter, sets some serious bad guys on their tails, and never lets up.’ Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and June
‘With The Wolves of Winter, Johnson has created a stark, brutal and all too believable new world.…A brilliant book, I loved it.’ Beth Lewis, author of The Wolf Road
About the Author
Tyrell Johnson is an editor at Kirkus Reviews and received his MFA from the University of California, Riverside.
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The book is set in the post-apocalyptic USA. After various countries at war and a flu epidemic that wiped out almost everything and everyone. You are left with a haphazard put together family living off the land in a cold snowy wilderness. It’s been compared to The Walking Dead and that sort of threw me because all the time I was reading I waiting on the undead walking through the forest. But they don’t mean that with the comparison, they mean it from the survival point of view.
The main protagonist is Lynn McBride. She is everything you would want from your leading lady, tough, kind, resourceful, determined and most of all relatable. She has no unrealistic superpowers or magical gifts. She’s a normal girl who’s learned along with her put together family to survive. The storyline would be quite sweet and gentle if it was just the everyday story of what they caught for dinner that night. But of course, Tyrell Johnson had something much more memorable in mind for our reader’s journey. The arrival of another human being, causes everyone to be on pins and needles with angst and fear. With an additional shock that he has a dog with him called Wolf. Having not seen another human or dog for such a long time. It really puts a spin on the works and sets off a whole chain of events which as the reader I was totally engrossed in. Tyrell Johson writes almost lyrically, each page filled with smells, tastes, sounds, and feelings. All my senses were on high alert and screaming for more. I loved the mentions of Walt Whitman throughout the book. That was a lovely touch.
This was my second read of 2018 and it was/is truly brilliant. I know it would appeal to a varied audience of genres. It would come under all these categories for me, thriller, dystopian, literary fiction, young adult, mature adult, adult and much more.
There was nothing I didn’t like about the book. The hunting scenes made me squirm a little. But they have to eat and Lynn and the other characters were respectful of it.
My absolute favourite paragraph from the book was~
Grief never goes away. It just changes. At first, it’s like molten hot lava dripping from your heart and hollowing you from the inside. Over time, it settles into your bones, your skin, so that you live with it, walk with it every day. Grief isn’t the footprints in the snow. It’s the empty space between.
Tyrell Johnson ~ The Wolves of Winter
The cover is stunning it portrays Lynn beautifully, I am delighted that I have a hardback cover for my shelves. This is one book I will most definitely reread.
I hope Tyrell Johnson has more of Lynn McBride’s story to tell. I can’t imagine our roads parting after just one book.
I thoroughly and wholeheartedly encourage you to order this book today.
Lynn McBride lives with her family in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Yukon. Society has collapsed after global war followed by a deadly flu pandemic and they fled city life for first Alaska and then the isolation of the Canadian tundra. They’ve seen no one else in years (apart from one antisocial neighbouring survivor) and survive by hunting and foraging. When Jax, a mystery stranger arrives on the scene, it disturbs the equilibrium of their contained world.
Jax heralds the arrival of further survivors, notably the Immunity, the remnants of a shadowy government agency, who immediately before the fall of civilisation were attempting to staunch the spread of the virus by setting up isolation zones. Without divulging spoilers, it quickly transpires that the Immunity are not all they seem and in turn this leads to Lynn unearthing dark secrets about her own family.
Wolves of Winter is engaging enough, it certainly kept me turning the page. Some of the description of the cold tundra landscape was beautiful and evocative. The book doesn’t break the mould however and there was nothing here I hadn’t encountered in previous books of its ilk. Furthermore, while aimed at adults, Wolves of Winter has a definite YA feel, so much so I regularly forgot the protagonist was twenty-five years old rather than a teenager. This isn’t really a criticism as such, many adults enjoy reading YA fiction. That said, I picked up this title because I wanted something grittier, imagining a dystopian version of The Revenant; I assumed that as a novel aimed at adults this is what I would get but instead found this indistinguishable from many of the YA offerings.
In conclusion, Wolves of Winter is an accomplished effort but it’s by far the best example of this genre that I’ve read.
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.
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