Chrissy Reviews: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Elka barely remembers a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.

But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.

Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.

The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.

I was apprehensive going into The Wolf Road after being burned by other young adult dystopian novels. The Wolf Road, however, blew me away. Beth Lewis paints a vivid image of a post apocalyptic world with one Hell of a strong female lead. Lewis took care crafting her world, which is as much a character as Elka with a life of its own. Beth Lewis has a strong narrative, the tone of her story matching the dialect perfectly.  Her technique, execution, and pacing are made her debut novel near impossible for me to put down, though I honestly did set it down for a few days to let the first half of the book really stew. Picking the book back up to finish joining Elka through her trials and tribulations was extremely gratifying after my short pause in reading.

The Wolf Road is a gripping story of survival, retribution, and redemption that unfolds and reveals itself in such a way that you can’t help but to want more of it. Elka’s life is delightful package that is slowly opened and unraveled against a harsh background. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys a well crafted dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel with strongly written female leads.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.