Welcome to the first in a series of posts as part of the blog tour for the release of The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis. For my contribution I will be posting my own thoughts and opinions in a review. However, keep on reading to find out how you could win a copy of the book for yourself through Twitter (UK only!). I hope that you enjoy, and please go and visit everybody else on the blog tour!
Publisher: Borough Press
Publication Date: June 30th 2016
Since the Damn Stupid turned the clock back on civilization by centuries, the world has been a harsher place. But Elka has learned everything she needs to survive from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her in when she was just seven years old.
So when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. The only father she has ever known, her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, the single-minded Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, she wants to talk to Elka.
Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind – and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.
The Wolf Road became one of my anticipated reads only a few months ago. The premise of the novel just drew me in and gave me that feeling of suspense and mystery surrounding both Kreager and Elka. The Wolf Road is a novel that, ultimately, ends up being a journey of discovery and self-awareness for Elka as she attempts to find her true parents whilst trying to figure out the truth of Hallet/Trapper and how his actions have influenced her. It is a novel that questions issues of trust and friendship in a world where you must fight to survive – against the wilderness, against those without good intentions.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the setting of The Wolf Road has reverted back to the Western era and that of the gold rush with much of the population heading North to seek their fortune from the newly discovered gold deposits that the Damn Stupid has revealed. Lewis brings the frontier into every aspect of this book from the long journeys on foot without any sign of civilization, to the language and writing style of the novel. It really immerses you in the narrative and defines the character of Elka.
I found myself truly invested in the character of Elka. From her younger years learning the rules of the wild and living with Trapper: ‘Don’t ask no questions. Don’t wander out a’ sight a’ the hut. Don’t talk to no people ’bout him’ – to her development into a mature character that understands the sacrifices she must make and truly acknowledges who she is as a person. Elka frequently questions throughout the novel showing her progression to becoming a better person as well as reflecting on the truth behind the only father figure she has ever known, Hallet/Trapper. You see her progression in everything that she does and I found this to be a truly effective piece of the writing. I also truly enjoyed her affinity with the wilderness and the knowledge she expresses throughout on hunting and surviving in such a harsh landscape.
I enjoyed everything about this novel, the characters, the pacing, the brilliant female friendship as well as the resolution at the end. I would have liked to have found out more behind the character of Trapper/Hallet such as why he reverted to murdering people, it is only brushed over by Elka’s inquisitive mind. But overall, it was a brilliant read.
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