'A book chosen solely by it's cover'
The plan for this week was to walk into my nearest bookstore and stand there, gazing back and forth, waiting to see which book jumped out at me wanting to be read.
It didn’t take long. I kept darting back to the same one. 'The Wolves of Winter', a debut novel for Tyrell Johnson which was published in January 2018. There was just something about the cover that drew me in. On that particular afternoon, we were experienced an unseasonably hot day. I'm guessing the vision of snow on the front cover soothed me, transporting me to a frosty place id rather be. The word wolf resonates with me too; I own a husky named Frankie who I love to bits.
The Blurb Reads:
A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Elevenbut blazes its own distinctive path.
Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world.
Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter.
Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.
Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant.
Congratulations Tyrell Johnson you have captured my attention with ‘Wolves of Winter.' For a new author, this book has been incredibly well written and inspires me to do a better job in my quest for publishing. I'm hoping there will be a sequel, and then a third and a fourth. Hint, hint !!
What better way to draw me into a book than to provide me with a cold, snowy setting and a strong female character. Lynn (Gwendolyn) is everything I would hope to be if the world suddenly went to shit. She is a twenty-something-year-old girl who is brave, exceptionally savvy in survival and a little introverted; I love her !!!
The other characters aren’t overly deep or developed, but I feel like they didn’t need to be. I would be bored shitless reading the next book if I knew every little thing about them. What is the saying? Leave something to the imagination?
The plot has seriously got me scared. The possibility of war, the spread of disease, broken governments, it’s a real possibility that in my lifetime I could become Lynn. The world we know it as today could come to an end. I hope that a fugitive like the character Jax comes stumbling through my snow-covered forest, don’t tell my husband that though.
I could not put this book down. In fact, I read 80% of the book in one hit, staying up until the early hours of the morning until my eyes simply could not hold themselves open any longer. It was exciting, fast-paced and captivating.
Stop whatever it is you are doing and go and read ‘The Wolves of Winter’ right now !!!!
You will thank me for it xxx
Let me know if you have read this book, i would love to hear what you thought of it.