Hello, Bookish Buddies, and welcome to my review of one of my all time favorite books, Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. If you have not yet read the synopsis of Wolf by Wolf, here it is:
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded 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 twin’s 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 bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.
Let me tell you, no matter how epic that sounds, the book is one thousand times better. The writing is nearly flawless, making the book impossible to put down. The first time I read it, right around when it came out, I was so engrossed in the book that I forgot the world around me existed (making me late for a doctor’s appointment, but it was worth it). When I reread it, it was just as epic. This time around, I picked up on a lot if amazing and creative symbolism that Ryan Graudin hid within the ending. This book is never predictable, and it is a rollercoaster of emotions.
One of the main features that makes this story so epic is the kickass female lead, Yael. She is intelligent, intuitive, creative, and overall badass. You will feel for her throughout the novel throughout her successes and failures. Ryan Graudin also brings even the most obscure characters to life, making me wish every character in this story got their own spin off novel.
I really don’t have any criticisms for this book. It may be my actual favorite book of all time (which makes me even more scared to read the sequel, but also all the more excited). 5/5 stars. Obviously.