Paperback Release: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

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April 18, 2017 by madbooklove

It isn’t very often that I post about a paperback release, but The Wolf Road was one of my favorite reads last year, and I suspect it will be in my top 10 for this decade. It was THAT good. I still find myself thinking about it in those rare moments where my mind can drift a little, before bed, in the shower, etc. When I finally give myself permission to reread my favorites, this will be on my list. Simply put, this is a damn good book. Damn. Good. An absolute must read. It is all the things.

Now, I’d like to leave it at that, but as someone who is heavily influenced by covers, I have to say…I don’t love this one. The original cover was perfection and spoke to all the bits in my brain that scream “must read”. If this had been the original cover, I likely wouldn’t have even read the book description (yes, I’m that bad). And that would have been a huge mistake. I would have been missing out on a phenomenal book. So, if you don’t love this cover, trust me and read it anyhow. If you do love this cover, awesome! Now go read this book. Basically, if you haven’t read this book, you need to. If after reading my review and this post, you still haven’t read it…well, I might start to wonder what’s wrong with you. 😉

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Review

Title: The Wolf Road
Author: Beth Lewis
Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction, Post-apocalyptic
Source: Free ARC from Crown Publishing

Rating: A+

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Crown Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).

Review: This book is a lot of things (great, wonderful, amazing things!), but it is NOT a thriller. Not a mystery. Not suspense. Post-apocalyptic? Yes. Character-driven? In all the best ways. But I didn’t find it to be suspenseful or intense. You know from the first chapter how it ends with Trapper. And that’s because this book isn’t really about him. It’s about Elka.

As she journeys through the wild lands of BeeCee (which I’m guessing to be post-apocalyptic British Columbia) in search of her parents, she begins to unravel the truth of herself. She has to face who she is, what she’s done, and the possibility that there is more to life, more to her, than what she thought.

Some might say that this book is too slow for them. It is a relaxed pace, but I also don’t think it’s a bad thing. It’s a book mostly set on simmer, and under that slow heat, it develops all of these beautiful and complex flavors. It’s a slow awakening followed by a reckoning. It’s a reflection on what we as humans do to each other. What is in a person’s nature and how much we can actually control it? What are we capable of when faced with adversity? How much do we hide from ourselves? Can we be loved for our entire selves, even the dark bits? If we let loose our dark parts on the world and then rein them back in, can we be forgiven for what we’ve done? How much of what we do can be blamed on those who raise us? Is punishment better than rehabilitation? What of second chances? Does it matter who does the forgiving? What does it take to make amends?

This book is spectacular. Truly. It is wild and introspective, thoughtful and unsettling.

It. Is. Phenomenal.

Must. Read.

MUST.

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One thought on “Paperback Release: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

  1. I have to agree about the cover; this version is not so great.

    Thanks for reminding me that this book exists though! I remember hearing about it last year and never getting around to reading it. But now that I’ve been reminded how much you love it…

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