The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Published April 11, 2017 by Broadway Books
Genres Thriller, Post-Apocalyptic
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.
One of my favorite genres is dystopian and post-apocalyptic and I am always excited when I come across a book in these genres that grabs my attention. In The Wolf Road, an event happened that has put the world back to a time when there was no technology and basically nature takes back over. Elka is only 7 when she becomes lost in the woods and is taken in by a stranger who she calls Trapper, who then teaches her how to hunt and survive. Without giving away any spoilers, Elka takes off on her own in search of her parents. This story is told from Elka’s point of view and I do have to admit that the “back woods” dialogue the author writes in is a bit hard to read at times. I just read another book with similar dialogue and it does slow down my reading because I frequently have to re-read sentences to figure out what is going on. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the post-apocalyptic world it is set in. I enjoyed Elka’s character and the author’s writing, just be warned that the dialogue is hard to read at times. Thank you to the publisher for sending my an advanced reading copy of this book.