Hey lovely readers! Thank you for your delightful patience. I working on navigating what this blog looks like while I am also attended two university classes in the evenings, plus my full-time job. I am hoping to continue with a steady stream of content, but it will likely be more spaced out than normal.
This week has not gone the way that I hoped. In both good and bad ways. I’ve had some crippling nightmares almost every night the past week. I do not know why, but it has made normal functioning a bit difficult. On the bright side, a few weeks ago, I applied for a new position and wrote the exam for it. Thankfully, I passed and finally, yesterday I received the invitation for an interview. I’m pretty pumped about that.
So that’s the update on my life lately. Onwards.
Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin
This book fell in my lap in a way. Normally, my wife finds me extraordinary books and tells me to read them. She decided to hog this one for herself, but eventually, I found it. And when I saw the question posed on the front cover, I knew I had to read it.
What if the Nazis won the war?
It is a terrifying concept to consider. The Holocaust was a terrible time, even if it was historically a short period of time. This book posits a world in which Hitler and the Nazis were successful in their attempts to control Europe and throws the reader into 1956, years after the initial war was originally over. However, instead of a victory for the Allies, Germany and Japan have basically coveted control over all of Europe and most of Asia and Africa (probably all, but it is difficult to tell without seeing the maps they reference in the book).
The story follows Yael, a young girl who was tattooed with a set of numbers, as she begins a race for her life and the world. Yael is part of the resistance, still trying to overthrow the Nazis despite their ever-growing power, and they have given her one of the most important missions. All she has to do is pretend to be Adele Wolfe as she participates in a 20,780 kilometer motorcycle race across the Third Reich’s territory. Winning the race will give her a shot at Hitler in front of the cameras for the entire world to see.
Yael has the ability to skinshift, an unwanted gift from her time in a prisoner death camp, where she was experimented on. This ability has its upsides, but also its downsides. While she can seamlessly blend in, she does not gain the memories of those she looks like. So when Yael starts to encounter people who have personal histories with her new face, she realizes that her mission is about to be a lot more difficult than she thought. Can she successfully pretend to be a young woman who has secrets stacking up everywhere, while also racing for her life?
Wolf by Wolf is an exciting adventure novel that pulls the reader into a totally new space. This isn’t a World War II story. It is a complete rewrite of history and it is fascinating. Not only does the story keep the reader interested, the characters are compelling keep the pace always moving forward.
Keeping that in mind, there were points when I had to stop reading. It wasn’t because of anything that the book did wrong. It was actually the opposite. I was so invested in Yael’s journey that I couldn’t bear the thought of her failing. At times, I was sure that she was going to and I would freeze in my reading, hoping that when I came back to it, her position would be better.
Yes, I know it doesn’t work that way, but there is only so much my heart can take, okay?
I’m highly recommending this book to those who love YA books and those who love to see history rewritten. With a compelling story line and characters, it is an interesting read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The sequel, Blood for Blood, is officially on my TBR list and I can’t wait to tell you about it once I have finished that one too.
Have you read Wolf by Wolf? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.