The Wolf Road
A debut literary thriller from an incredible new voice. What do you do when the man who gave you everything turns out to be a killer? Perfect for fans of STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel.
Since the Damn Stupid turned the clock back on civilization by centuries, the world has been a harsher place. But Elka has learned everything she needs to survive from the man she...more
I sat high, oak branch 'tween my knees, and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow. Pictures all over his face, no skin left no more, just ink and blood. Looking for me, he was. Always looking for me. He left red drops in the white, fallen from his fish knife. Not fish blood though. Man blood. Boy blood. Lad from Tucket lost his scalp to that knife. Scrap of hair and pink hung from the man's belt. That was dripping too, hot and fresh. He'd left the body in the...more
An event has happened that set the world back to a time with no technology. Mother Nature is boss and seven year old Elka learns the hard way when her Nana is 'lost' during a strong storm. Elka ...more
in the “books i didn’t read in a timely manner olympics,” this one is in the running for “most shameful karenfail” medal, because i had this as an ARC, and it sounded so great, i meant to read it immediately, but never got around to it, and then when the hardcover came out, i loved the cover so much
i had to buy it even though i still hadn’t read ...more
First novel of this author, Beth Lewis, and well worth reading.
It is an apocalyptic story, although it does not 'feel' that way and it is hardly noticeable, it is not the main part of the story.
It is a novel about a girl ...more
This was a book that was hard to put down, even if it strained my 'willful suspension of disbelief' in several important places. Grounding a story in reality is very important to me, even when ...more
True Grit meets The Road
For maybe the first time in the history of ever the powers that be got it right!
The usual suspects get the
It’s been like 36 hours since I have either been told how stupid I am or personally confirmed said stupidity, so let me take a second to remind all of you. Between the title and the cover and the amount of time it took me to ...more
Writing that first paragraph hurt my heart and soul. I cannot fathom writing an entire novel like Beth Lewis wrote The Wolf Road. I once wrote a story called "Smitten" in this style, and to this day, I want to go back ...more
The Wolf Road is a ...more
Elka doesn't much like people. She don't trust 'em. Raised in the woods by a man name a' Trapper, all she knows is the wild. Her basic credo is one of common decency - leave the forest as you found it. Backward and illiterate, Elka is going to need to employ the use of every survival skill she knows when her world comes crashing down. Spare and gritty, this one.
The Wolf Road is a post-apocalyptic road trip with a western vibe. I won't summarize for fear of spoilers. There's a strong plot to keep the pages turning, but what absolutely blew me away was the writing. It's got that every-word-considered vibe you only get from the most skilled and careful practitioners of the craft. The lead characters are all strong and memorable, but even minor characters who only get a page or two come across as fully realized. That's quite a ...more
Now, I did like this book, very much. And I picked it up because it was advertised as a post-apocalyptic selection. BUT. This story is really a Western. There is nothing at all about it that requires a post-apocalyptic setting, and much as I love the genre, I felt that the efforts to fit the story into a presumably-future ...more
"Way I reckon it, men killed more wolves than wolves ever killed men. I know who I’m more afraid of.”
Elka is orphaned when she is seven years old and taken in by a ...more
Elka, an orphan, has lived with Trapper for ten years. Rescued at the age of seven, she has been taught survival techniques including tracking and hunting. Although he is a solitary hunter, Trapper has nurtured Elka because she follows his rules. She doesn't talk to anyone, ask any questions and has a '"gift" with a knife.
On a trip to town for supplies, Elka ...more
This book is perfection.
Okay, okay, there was one thing that didn't sit entirely right with me, but which I don't feel adequately skilled to comment on, and that was the concern that there were discrepancies within the slanguage used.
Elka is illiterate, and she often uses weren't instead of wasn't, uses a' instead of of, and abbreviations such as 'bout, 'neath, 'stead, 'hind, 'tween, and afore. At times while reading, I thought I might have caught some discrepancies, where she used ...more
I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I started The Wolf Road, but once it started going I couldn’t stop! And to be honest, I’m surprised more attention hasn’t been given to the book’s “Western” vibe, as that really deserves to be front and center. Out of the novel’s many strengths, its harsh and gritty frontier-like atmosphere was what really stood out—a definite plus for me, considering there’s certainly no ...more
This thriller is proof that a villain doesn’t have to take center-stage to be sufficiently terrifying. A fearless teenage narrator, Elka, is on the run from her serial-killer surrogate father. “Hunted” gets much more attention than does “hunter,” and it works so well.
The year is unclear, but what is clear is that a far-reaching bombing event has propelled this corner of the world into a kind of post-apocalyptic lawlessness. This isn’t just any lawlessness, though; there’s a ...more
I read a paperback uncorrected proof not for sale with 356 pages. I received it on May 11. It has an expected publication date July 5th. I read it as a buddy read with my Goodreads ...more
The revelations are parceled out in drips and drabs. The truth about the world this story takes place in, the truth about the characters' history, the truth about what human beings are really capable of.
At once a "Western," a survival tale, a travelogue, an epic journey, a murder mystery, and a semi-post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story. There is so much going on here!
Abandoned by her parents after an apocalyptic event, she grew up rough in the woods with a man she called Trapper. He taught her all the survival skills she needed, and maybe a few she didn't. When Elka learns Trapper might not be quite the father figure she thought he was, she lights out on her own on a ...more
I love a nicely told dark story and that is exactly what I got with this book. I really liked that the story is told from a very unique voice although I would imagine that not all readers will enjoy Elka's rough speech as I did. I thought that the world that this book was set in felt very vivid and realistic. This is a brutal story but also one of hope. Elka meets some wonderful people on her journey and works to improve her own future. I ...more
This is Elka’s story – and BOOM what a story it is. Her parents gone, lost in a storm, taken in by “Trapper” and brought up in the wild, until one day she discovers something sinister about her saviour and sets out on a journey across a wild and bitter landscape, a journey that will take her to unexpected places and unexpected ...more
What I liked (mainly the 1st half): The character of Elka. She is this unique, “wild-raised” girl (young woman for most of the story), who talks like 3rd grade trucker, takes no sass, but will certainly hand it out. I like her for who she is, because she wears her heart on her ...more
This genre-bending post-apocalyptic book is part horror story, part cat-and-mouse thriller, part modern western, and part survival tale.
Seventeen-year-old Elka can hardly remember her life before she met Trapper. For a decade now, this gruff man has been like a father to her. The two of them have lived on their own in the middle of nowhere—on the fringes of a decimated society. Trapper has taught her how to live like an animal, hunting for food and ...more
Elka is a child living in the world after the Big Damn Stupid (nuclear war). Her parents left when she was a baby to make a fortune in the north panning for gold and she's been raised by her Nana in a remote cabin.
When a dangerous storm blows through, Elka finds herself far from home with no one to look after her until a man finds her stealing food outside his cabin. ...more
Deep in the woods of what was once called British Columbia, 17-year-old Elka is struggling to survive on her own. After what she refers to as the “Big Damn Stupid”, the two wars that ...more
The Wolf Road is a brutal and fascinating story that entrenches you in the mind and personality of Elka, a young woman living in a post apocalyptic world that can be harsh and unforgiving. I found her personality and story both riveting and touching. She is far from a sentimental type, quite the opposite really. She is driven by practicality and survival and gives little thought or need for much of anything else. In all ...more
The Wolf Road started out a little slow for my taste. I think it was partly due to the fact that I had some trouble getting used to the way Elka talked. I guess her character was meant to have some kind of accent, but this made it difficult for me to read the way I normally do. It wasn't a really big deal though, and I did end up getting used to it as I read on.
The other issue that may have contributed to the slow start was that after the prologue (which was very ...more