Thursday, August 04, 2016

Blog Tour: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Hi all! I wanna welcome you all to today's blog tour stop for The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis! 
Release Date: July 5, 2016 
Publisher: Crown Publishing 
Source: Publisher via Blog Tour 

In her debut novel THE WOLF ROAD, author and managing editor at London’s Titan Books Beth Lewis introduces us to a world decimated by an unnamed, apocalyptic event and inhabited by desperate people accustomed to hunting, tracking, and killing to survive. Among them is Elka, the young heroine whose unmistakable voice guides us through the untamed landscape of the area formerly known as British Columbia on her journey to escape the horrors of her own past. 


Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, a solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old. He has taught her how to shoot, track, set snares, and start fires—all the skills necessary to survive in a wild, lawless land where men are at the mercy of the elements and one another. But when wanted posters begin appearing in town, Elka realizes that the man she thinks she knows so well is harboring terrible secrets. The more Elka finds out about him, the less sure she becomes about her own identity—especially as she begins to recover some of the painful memories she’s kept at bay throughout her childhood. 

As the horrific facts emerge, Elka makes her escape, armed with nothing but her knife and the survival skills he’s taught her. She sets out in the hope of finding her true parents, who traveled to the frozen north years earlier in pursuit of gold, but Elka can tell by the shadows that follow her that Trapper’s on her trail—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. As she encounters physical hardships, violence, and loneliness that at times test her sanity, she also strains to distinguish between fact and fiction in her own recollections. Ultimately, she will have to turn and confront not just Trapper but the dark reality of her past. 

THE WOLF ROAD is a tautly suspenseful cat-and-mouse tale of justice and revenge, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an unforgettable, tough-as-nails young heroine fighting desperately to escape the terrors of her childhood and rejoin humanity.
When I first read the synopsis for the story, I was really intrigued by it. I love reading books about post-apocalyptic worlds in books or movies or TV. My ability to survive during these times is absolutely zero which is why I hope reading/watching about these worlds is as far as I'll get. Admittedly, The Wolf Road was far more ruthless than anticipated and I loved every bit of it. Beth Lewis is a great writer and I think her work as an editor has done her well.

One thing I'd note about the book is that there isn't as much focus on the event that led to this world. There's not much about the event and the circumstances surrounding it because the book focuses more on the details of her survival. I will say that I liked how the "evil" part of this story was done. I won't say too much because I don't want to give away too much about the story but Elka's relationship with Trapper was fascinating and weird and scary and y'all I would never survive in this world. 

Overall, I really loved The Wolf Road. My favorite thing about Elka was her dialect. She had a very distinct way of speaking and I actually loved reading about the world and her life through her point of view. I can only imagine what writing this book was like. It's hard to write this review without giving away what else I really liked about this book so we're going to have to go with the vagueness of it. 

Beth Lewis was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and great white sharks. She has been, at turns, a bank cashier, a fire performer, and a juggler, and she is currently a managing editor at Titan Books in London. The Wolf Road is her first novel.

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