Blackwolf by Phil Gilvin

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Blackwolf

Author: Phil Gilvin

Book Series: Truth Sister Book 2

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: dystopian, feminism, sci-fi

Publication Date: April 27, 2022

Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi

Age Relevance: 16+ (climate change, sexism, violence, gore, language, sexual content, plague, sickness)

Explanation of Above: The book discusses climate change and contains a plague and worldwide sickness in the book. There is sexism and sexual content in the book. There is some violence and gore. There is also some cursing.

Publisher: Aelurus Publishing

Pages: 300

Synopsis: What is truth in a world of lies?

Added to the deteriorating climate and dwindling energy, a wave of plagues is sweeping Britain. But while the Women’s Republic of Anglia attempts to keep cloning going, former Truth Sister Clara Perdue plans to help her mother escape from prison. But can she succeed against the Republic’s prohibition on Naturals?

Meanwhile, Jack Pike has fallen in with a warlike chieftain in the disputed territory between Anglia and Wessex. Drawn into a fight that they cannot win, will he and his friends survive?

And when Clara and Jack’s paths cross again, can they put the past behind them and trust each other once more?

Review: For the most part I thought this was a pretty good book. I liked the premise of it and was instantly drawn into it. The book had a Handmaid’s Tale feel to it and I liked it overall. The book had decent character development and world building. I liked where the story was going for the most part and how it had parallels to the real world.

However, I didn’t realize it was the second in a series and I think reading the first book would help in comprehension of this book. I thought that while the book was really reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, I also had the same hesitation of this book that I do with THT: that the events shown are a parody or callback to events in time that have actually happened to BIPOC women, but the story doesn’t have a lot of BIPOC characters. I also didn’t see trans men or women in the book and in an era of feminism literature where a lot of authors are writing about dystopian worlds where women and/or men are killed off/enslaved  needs to address all levels of intersectionality. I also felt that the book was a bit too fast paced for my liking.

Verdict: It’s ok.