Disclaimer: I was recommended this book by Molly @mollysbooknook! Thank you Molly! All opinions are my own.
Book: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Book Series: Wolf by Wolf Book 1
Diversity: Jewish main character!
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Sci-Fi
Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore, slight romance, some language)
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: Her story begins on a train.
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?
Review: I really loved this book! It was a fantastic imagining of what the world would look like if Hitler had won. The characters were well done, the world building was amazing, and I was totally enraptured by the book from page one. The plot grabs you by the throat and refuses to let you go. I also adored how the background was told, through a then/now perspective.
The only issue I had was that sometimes the pacing was a bit slow but I really loved this!
Verdict: I definitely recommend this one! Thanks Molly!