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The Wolves of Winter

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,449 ratings  ·  1,047 reviews
Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive.

But her
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Scribner
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Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, on-app, sf
4.25/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

"It's amazing how little we need to survive. And not just survive, but live".

This book is all about surviving. But what does it take to survive? Less than we imagine.
Set in a dystopian environment, in a world struggling to stay alive and keep going, Lynn and her family try to do the same as everyone. The conditions in the Canadian Yukon are tough, human interactions are less usual to be seen and everything considered normal in the past is now
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
4.5 stars

"I exist as I am, that is enough."

Lynn McBride is surviving in the stark Canadian Yukon after society collapsed after a nuclear war and the onset of disease. She is not alone, her Mother, her brother, her uncle and others live in a small settlement relying on their hunting skills to survive.

One day she comes across a young man, Jax, and his dog named Wolf while out hunting. Jax appears different from others she has met. He is mysterious, and she is intrigued. She brings him back to her
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
an aftermath novel set in canada where a family protects their seeeecrets and struggles to survive in the snowy wasteland with no way of knowing the state of the wider world, the number of remaining humans, whether the sickness that kicked off the apocalypse is still a threat… the only way this book could have courted me harder would have been to have made all the survivors also be red pandas.

although endangered, we survive, wheeee!

this lists and is priced as an adult title, but there’s definite
In the end, it's funny how little we need to get by. Snow, moose, potatoes, carrots, the company of a few good people. It's amazing how little we need to survive. And not just to survive, but live...

An apocalyptic read, quite enjoyable, easy & quick to read, good storyline, atmospheric scenery as a background. About a family moving into the wilderness of Yukon, to get away from the flu which is killing the world population, surviving and ultimately fighting a movement called 'Immunity', who seem
Diane S ☔
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Society as we know it has collapsed. The big powes have nuked each other to near oblivion. Many have tried to escape, but then came something with no escape, no cure, trying to finish off those who were left. Lynn, and her remaining family members escape to the Yukon, form a small settlement, hunting and fishing to survive.

As Lynn thinks back in time, "And really it didn't matter anymore --the lines we drew for ourselves, the differences we created, the fear and hatred we felt simply because the
4.5 Stars.

OKAAAY......SIGN ME UP for the next Tyrell Johnson novel! THE WOLVES OF WINTER is a super-fine debut....available NOW!

............."Everyone has something to hide.".............

What you'll find here is a great post-apocalyptic adventure set in a snowy Yukon wilderness....with freezing temperatures....a feisty smart-mouth protagonist....her expanded family....a "fat-face" creep neighbor, a mysterious man, his cool dog Wolf....and a fight for survival....literally.

When the McBride fa

Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tyrell Johnson’s The Wolves of Winter starts out as a reasonably well-written, if undistinguished, post-apocalyptic tale – a sort of YA-ish version of Cormac Mcarthy’s The Road (the “ish” owing to the fact that the protagonist, Lynn, is a handful of years older than the usual YA heroine). It quickly turns into a reasonably well-written, undistinguished, YA-ish post-apocalyptic tale crossbred with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a development that doesn’t do it any favors. Lynn is a little bit Katniss ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dang, I loved this story and really hated to see it end. I'll confess that I wasn't expecting too much from it, as I usually like my post-apocalyptic fiction to be filled with zombies/aliens/supernatural beings. This was about as real as it gets. The setting in the Yukon was gorgeous! The best thing about this story were the people. Sometimes you just run across a character and they take on a life of their own. Gwendolyn will be added to that list of fictional characters who I'll remember on cer ...more
Amalia Gkavea
No, no, and no.

The writing is borderline unbearable, the dialogue is awful, the main character’s voice is unconvincing. Τhe premise of the book is laughably bad. Overdone, and possibly offensive towards half the countries of our world. I mean, Dystopia has been done to death. Let’s get over it and move on.
Erin Clemence
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada, the author and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

“The Wolves of Winter” by Tyrell Johnson is a post-apocalyptic novel, where a young woman has the capacity to save the world. But don’t base whether you read it or not on that statement alone. Comparisons have been made to “Hunger Games” (Suzanne Collins) and this is accurate, however “Wolves” is an entirely novel, creative enterprise worth its own ind
In his debut novel, Tyrell Johnson takes us into a harsh but beautiful post apocalyptic world. After nuclear world war destroyed New York, Lynne McBride and her family fled Chicago for Alaska where they lived quietly for a few years until a flu pandemic swept the world, taking the life of her biologist father. Lynne, her mother, brother and uncle then moved again to a remote region of the Yukon where they learned to fish and hunt to survive. Life is cold and rugged but with plenty of game and ev ...more
Tyrell Johnson
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's like this book was written for me...I've probably read this novel, I dunno, a hundred times!

(Love to all who've read and reviewed...even if you didn't like it!)
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
In his debut novel, Tyrell Johnson storms onto the scene with this curious post-apocalyptic piece that pits a rural family against the Establishment. Lynn is a 23 year-old who has seen much in her life. The Wars turned America into a nuclear war zone and forced her family to flee to Alaska when she was still a child. However, along with the bombs came a debilitating flu that knocked out large portions of the remaining population, one of whom was Lynn’s father, not long after she turned twelve. L ...more
Janelle Janson
THE WOLVES OF WINTER by Teryll Johnson - Thank you so much to Scribner for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own.

I am a BIG fan of post apocalyptic reads and this fits the bill! Lynn and her family survive after nuclear war and the plague of disease. They cross the border and make their way to log cabins in the far reaches of the Canadian Yukon. Lynn learns to hunt, protect, and survive in the wild. She then meets Jax and his dog, Wolf, and at that point things really start to take o
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Trigger Warning: (view spoiler)

Full Review: Thank you so much to NetGalley and Schribner for allowing me to read and review this lovely literary debut by Tyrell Johnson. I really loved the author’s prose. I found this book very similar to an old Jack London novel. Very slow-paced for the first half, gorgeous descriptions of the cold and survival in an unforgiving land. There is very little action in the first part of the book. However, about halfway through, thin
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel has a little bit of everything I love mixed into it - a post-apocalyptic/dystopian society with elements of mystery and coming of age of protagonist, Lynn. The setting is the wilderness of remote Canada. The pacing was excellent and the writing was smooth and easy to follow. Johnson knows how to ratchet up the tension and create great atmospherics. I enjoyed the action throughout and even the hint of romance, which I don't usually appreciate, felt as though it fit in with the overall ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
One of my favorite sub-genres of dystopian novels is when society breaks down due to some kind of tragedy, and then a band of survivors figures out how to keep going and rebuild. (See also: Stephen King's "The Stand," Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven," and Jose Saramago's "Blindness.")

So naturally I was intrigued when I heard the plot of "The Wolves of Winter": a flu pandemic and world wars have wiped out much of humanity, but one young woman and her family are trying to survive in the wi
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This post apocalyptic fiction has a definite YA vibe but offers more than enough to keep a reader of any age entertained. It follows the story of Lynn McBride, living in the wilderness of the Yukon with her family, isolated and wary after war and disease brought the world to its knees some years ago. She is what makes the book, the kind of vibrant voice that demands attention, such as we've seen in more and more young female characters over the last few years, from Katniss to Turtle.

Into the dul
Carolyn Walsh
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a gripping, easy to read, post-apocalyptic novel. Set in the harsh, frozen wilderness of the Yukon, the author in his debut thriller manages to evoke the cold and isolation along with the desperation of the survivors. Much of the humanity in the ‘civilized world’ to the south were wiped out by warfare, some of it nuclear. This was followed by a worldwide flu pandemic which killed most of those who survived the wars.

Lynn is a 23-year-old woman who is now forced to subsist in the rough,
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amaze-balls
"I have heard what the talkers were talking,
the talk of the beginning and the end,
But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.

There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now,
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now."




It's been over seven years since 23-year-old Gwendalynn "Lynn" has used electricity, eat
Blake Crouch
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If Jack London had written a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age thriller, it might read something like this. Curl up with The Wolves of Winter by a warm fire, and set aside a day, because this is great, absorbing fiction, with one of the most appealing protagonists I’ve ever encountered. It deserves the widest possible audience.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a post apocalyptic story set in the Yukon after nuclear war and a deadly flu virus have devastated most of the population and caused the collapse of society. It is told from the point of view of 23 year old Lynn McBride who is living in an isolated settlement with her mother, brother, uncle and a few others. They never see strangers, until Jax arrives, soon followed by even more strangers. Since the book is written in first person past tense it telegraphs that nothing fatal is going to h ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots to like in this book, a ballsy female protagonist, isolation, post-apocalyptic shenanigans and loads of snow (for me, there's nowt like the atmosphere that a bit of snowy isolation brings). The plot seemed fairly realistic, not hard to imagine this actually happening, unstable political climate followed by wars which are interrupted by a flu pandemic. At times it felt a bit YA, the main character is in her twenties but I felt she came across as younger - think Katniss Everdeen with her bow ...more
So I guess this is marketed as post-apocalyptic adult fiction, but honestly, this book is so YA it couldn't BE more YA. (There's a couple graphic scenes I guess, but still - everything else? totally YA.) Not that there's anything wrong with YA (I LIKE that genre), but you know - it's something you should know going in.

It was a very quick read and the setting was written really nicely, but with cardboard cut-out villains, convenient fixes, and a tacked-on lackluster romance, I can't really say th
Sheila Goicea
Read this FULL review along with others on my blog at:

I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

Content Warning! Two scenes of sexual assault (one full rape) under-aged drinking, and lots of profanity.

Set in future, the post-world war world is decimated. Not only have nuclear weapons wiped entire countries out, the yellow flu hit the remaining population and took out almost all of the survivors. When the flu struck, people fle
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-books, dystopia, 2018
4 solid stars and I might be tempted to go 4.5.

A debut book. Excellent start. A dystopian novel in which the US goes to war with Asia (seems plausible) and the war slowly faded after a deadly flu outbreak ( hmm, again plausible). The McBride family was living in Chicago, moved to Alaska to avoid the epidemic and continued to the remote Yukon once the flu hit Alaska.

Life is quiet, routine and even boring until a stranger enters their encampment one winter and more than one type of wolves follow.

Leslie Ray
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book falls into the post apocalyptic genre but is different in that it was so believable and real. I feel like after reading this, I could turn on the news, and expect this as a possible outcome. After numerous wars, the world has turned colder and winter lasts longer and longer each year. There was a flu outbreak that decimates most of the population. The family in the story has moved into the Yukon to escape the cities and warmer weather, as the flu outbreak isn't as prevalent in the cold ...more
Liz Barnsley
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I fell into this one and read it fast – beautifully described and utterly chilling (I mean there is a LOT of snow!) it is just the kind of after the end tale that I love – small groups of humans, desperate to survive and mostly being pretty horrible to each other, as would likely happen…

Into this snowy landscape, following a huge loss of humanity from both nuclear war and the flu, comes Lynn and her family, who have fled to the Yukon and built something of a home. They are close knit, if divisiv
Matthew Lloyd
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a review. I don't recall if the agreement said “an honest review”, but this review is as honest as I can be in describing my reaction to this book. It's complicated.

Here are some good things about The Wolves of Winter: the prose is good. Tyrell Johnson knows how to craft a sentence. There are very few examples of an awkward sentence that doesn't make sense, or that breaks the illusion of the created world. For the mo
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a good post-apocalyptic story and I really enjoyed this one and it has a cool dog! Well written story with adventure and sci-fi thrown in. Will there be a sequel? If so I will read it.
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