Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin // Book Review
Title: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Release: 5th May 2016
Synopsis: The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host an annual motorbike race across their combined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost when she was a prisoner in a brutal concentration camp. Now part of the resistance, Yael has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. But the only way to enter the race is to impersonate last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. Yael is a master of deception but there are two other competitors it may be impossible to fool – Adele’s brother, Felix, and Luka, a boy she clearly has history with.
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? The future on the world is depending on her . . .
An action packed novel with a brilliantly fresh perspective on the events of WWII. It will leave you breathless and begging for more.
First off I loved the way that Ryan wrote this book. It is such a sensitive topic in many ways, so the great skill she used to not only openly talk about the subject, but also to put such a dramatic twist on it, and still do it justice, is amazing.
I loved how it wasn’t entirely about the war, but instead focused on the bike race, and how the world has changed since the war ended. It was such a subtle way of including the change in the story.
I also really loved Yael’s character, and how she had such brilliant backstory as to why she is like how she is, and also the meaning behind her tattoos. It was again so subtly put into the story that I felt completely part of her story.
The fact we got to see her flaws, and her relationships develop with each character was such a brilliant insight, and really allowed me to get to know her character and fall in love with the other characters too! They were all so brilliantly developed, and left me with so many questions I couldn’t wait to be answered.
Overall this book was incredible. From the pace of the book, to the shocking ending that left me instantly looking to buy the next book, if you like history and you love a well developed story – this is the book for you.
You can buy Wolf by Wolf on Amazon UK here!