Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves
Author: Meg Long
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: f/f romance mentioned
Recommended For…: young adult readers, sci-fi, dystopian, survival
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Age Relevance: 16+ (animal gore, animal fighting, animal death, language, violence, gore, death)
Explanation of Above: There is a lot of animal gore in the book and mentions of animal fighting. There are also a few animal deaths. There is cursing throughout the book. There is also violence, including gun violence, gore with blood and other injuries, and death mentioned and one gruesome death shown.
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Synopsis: After angering a local gangster, seventeen-year-old Sena Korhosen must flee with her prize fighting wolf, Iska, in tow. A team of scientists offer to pay her way off her frozen planet on one condition: she gets them to the finish line of the planet’s infamous sled race. Though Sena always swore she’d never race after it claimed both her mothers’ lives, it’s now her only option.
But the tundra is a treacherous place, and as the race unfolds and their lives are threatened at every turn, Sena starts to question her own abilities. She must discover whether she’s strong enough to survive the wild – whether she and Iska together are strong enough to get them all out alive.
Review: Overall, this book was really good. The book is full of action and adventure. The story is compelling and I really loved Sena as a character. The book has an Iditarod race feel to it and I really liked that. The character development was well done, as was the world building, and overall it’s a good story.
However, I did really hate all of the animal violence scenes and I was confused at some points during the book, especially with a lot of the back and forth.
Verdict: It was good!