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Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,438 ratings  ·  630 reviews
A lone girl determined to survive. The feral wolf she must learn to trust. Only one chance to escape their icy planet: a race across the deadly tundra.

Seventeen-year-old Sena Korhosen hates the sled race, especially after it claimed both her mothers' lives five years ago. Alone on her frozen planet, she makes money any other way she can—until she double-crosses a local gan
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published January 11th 2022 by Wednesday Books
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Ada No. Sena's ex does make appearances, but main 'relationship' in the story is between Sena and Iska, the wolf. …moreNo. Sena's ex does make appearances, but main 'relationship' in the story is between Sena and Iska, the wolf. (less)
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Sep 13, 2021 rated it liked it
balto meets jack london in this story about a dangerous landscape, a race for escape, and a bond between a girl and a wolf.

the best thing going for this story is definitely the world-building and atmosphere. i loved reading about the cold and barren environment, the need for survival, a scientific expedition participating in a sled race, and all the wolves. its quite a unique story.

but where i failed to connect is with the writing itself. the pacing is sooo slow. the race itself doesnt even star
LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"
Nov 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My thanks to St. Martin's Press, Meg Long and Netgalley. Just wow! Meg Long is freaking fantastic! I was enamoured of this world from the start, but the shape it took was exactly what I needed! A girl on a snow world, who...spoiler, spoiler, spoiler! I adored the whole dang story! The ending was a bit twee, so I'll take a star from the rating. Also, I need a wolf. And a squirrel and chipmunk! ...more
Chloe Gong
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Vivid, dangerous, and absolutely exhilarating, Cold The Night, Fast The Wolves imagines a world teeming with predators both animal and human, telling a captivating story of survival alongside a heartwarming bond that grows between girl and feral fighter-wolf.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 18, 2021 rated it liked it
White Fang meets Red Riding Hood sets place at wild, eerie, soul sucking frozen world. Isn’t this intriguing enough to stop what you’re doing and diving into this book?

That’s exactly what I did! I have to summarize my entire feelings about this high tension, intense, compelling, not so easy to read journey.

There are too many amazing qualities of this book that I adored: starting with spectacular, detailed world building: with the ultra vivid descriptions the author gave us, you can easily vis
Xiran Jay Zhao
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book....THIS BOOK, OMG. It takes place on a barely-hospitable ice planet, where every single creature and every aspect of the environment is out to get you. The only thing that makes it remarkable is its deposits of exo-carbon, a valuable material used in all the tech in the galaxy. Soooo, of course, the capitalists came and further fucked up and exploited the planet. Since the planet's constant ion storms wrecks any high-tech vehicles that try to land and mine in the biggest exo-carbon dep ...more
Jul 02, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2022, netgalley
Apparently my brain is broken, and I now compulsively add anything that mentions wolves to my TBR.
Dec 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long is a young adult science fiction fantasy novel. This story is one of survival on a frozen planet making it a perfect story in the winter and is a standalone read which of course features wolves.

Sena is seventeen and does whatever she can to survive on her frozen planet since the loss of her mothers who were racers. Sena vows never to become involved in the race but those around her think it’s in her blood. Sena gets roped into helping with the vonenwol
Feb 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
I don’t see that this is the start of a series… but it totally should be!!! Sena is such a strong character!! Don’t get me wrong, I spent a good portion of this book thinking, “you’re an idiot, please stop being stupid…” but then eventually she did and then the book took off from there!!

But who really stole the show?!?! Of course Iska did!!!! I absolutely love her and would now read any book that she makes an appearance in. I mean, who wouldn’t live a fierce, loyal, and protective wolf?! I know
Jan 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Gah, this book about did me in! Set on a planet covered in ice and bogged down by near constant snow storms, Sena is stuck in a dreary life. Ridiculed because of her heritage, the only way off the planet is by embarking on a race that is more likely to kill her than free her. But if she can survive the race, she may be able to leave this dark and cold planet in search of a new home. So when the chance to join a racing team comes along, she has no choice but to accept. Soon Sena finds herself on ...more
~ a foray in fantasy ~
A fairly bland sci-fi is ruined by needless animal deaths.
Wren (fablesandwren)
Dec 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was so fun, I absolutely loved the setting. You don't get a lot of stories with a lot of snow, cold weather and such in books these days. Like imagine a very small town with a lot of wilderness with snow. Always snow. And of course the dog sledding competition reminds me of Balto, Snow Dogs and literally every Alaska-story ever. It was a great change of pace, honestly.

Our orphan thief was a hoot. She knew her way around her home-town like one would expect, but honestly she isn't very s
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves was such a fun adventure to dive into. In it, you will meet Sena and she's 17 years old and kind of a little bad ass. She lives in a tough place that kind of reminds me of Alaska but that's mostly because of the dog racing. While this town isn't the safest place to ever live, Sena knows the in's and out's due to her being a great thief. She wasn't really on anyone's shit list until she took a
Era ➴
Jan 01, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews, arcs
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC!

This is one of the rare books that turns out exactly how you expected it to.

The plot of this book was very compelling - not my style, but still really cool. Sena lives on Tundar, an icy and hostile planet where literally everything is deadly. The societal system, the people, the animals and plants, and the weather. She just wants to get off the planet and live somewhere a bit more hospitable. But when she encounters a wounded she-wolf and a tea
Julie - One Book More
Jan 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley, ya, dystopia
Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves is a fast-paced survival story with a dynamic protagonist, an immersive setting, and strong messages. A pickpocket who scrambles to survive on an unforgiving planet, Sena wants nothing to do with the race that killed her mother. All she wants is to save enough money to get off the planet that took everything from her, but Sena might not have a choice.

The story is told in the first person, which gives you a deep and fascinating look at Sena’s character. Sena goes t
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Big thanks to Edelweiss for the e-arc.

I have been a lifelong lover of wolves. Some of my favorite movies featuring wolves are The Journey of Narry Gan, Balto, and Princess Mononoke. In turn, I love huskies and I've always been fascinated with the Iditarod and sled races in general. Iron Will and Togo rank up there with my favorites. So when I heard about this book, I seriously gaped in shock. A girl who teams up with a wolf to race in order to get off her planet.


The heroine,
Nov 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was instantly sold when I read the description for this book. You have a harsh terrain, a variety of deadly animals, genetically modified wolves and a (senseless) race for riches. I loved the main character Sena, She is a girl born of two mothers one who was on a small race team and the other who was a scavver, one of the people who live away from society and only take what they need from nature. When her mothers die in their last race she swears off the race despite her prior dreams of compet ...more
Sandra Hoover
Seventeen-year-old Sena is a seasoned loner, living on the outer edges of society in a small town on the frozen planet of Tundra. She survives by picking the pockets of rich tourists and while she's good at it, she's not sharp enough to escape being caught by Kalba - a cruel capitalist with a stable of fighting wolves and several sled race teams. Sena is highly sought after by race teams because she possesses the knowledge to survive the strenuous races - skills learned from her mothers (one a r ...more
Katherine Paschal
**4.5 Stars**

So, I did not realize that this was a science fiction novel when I started reading, I just had a vague sense of the synopsis being about snow and wolves and sledding so color me surprised when I began the book to find out that it is set on a far off frozen planet in outer space where people come to mine for a crazy valuable resource. This is best described as science fiction had a baby with Call of the Wild but with a female teen protagonist. All of that being said, I really enjoyed
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Dog-sled Race


I love the movie Iron Will…it features a dog sledding race, the Iditarod with the bonding of a boy and his sled dog. This book really reminded me of that movie…it captured the essence of it but with a girl instead of a boy and a wolf instead of a Siberian Husky. It also has some wonderful found-family vibes,
Cortney LaScola Hornyak -  The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Fantastic debut!

I loved the story, the setting, and especially the characters.

4.5 stars rounded up
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
17 yr old Sena just wants off the ice planet she resides on and tries to make money any way she can. She ends up fleeing with Iska, a prized fighter wolf, after she double crosses his owner.

She ends up making a deal for passage off-world if she agrees to use her survival skills to make it to the end of the sled race. The only problem is Sena hates the sled race after losing both her moms to it.

I loved the world building in this. The ice planet sounded so fascinating and I loved how dangerous i
Jul 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday books for providing an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Sena just 17 lives in a frozen Tundra which is her planet. She is a thief, liar and a cheat. She does all this to survive. When she escapes with the prized wolf she makes the decision to take a team of scientist to end of “The Race” the one she said she would never do because it killed her mother. Sena knows she must do this because she wants to get off this planet and make a better life for herself.

Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
This would be a great read for younger YA fans or even those who prefer no romantic subplots. If you hold any love for Balto, Snow Dogs, the Iditarod, or even Call of the Wild—this would be up your alley. But even more than that, this book has a sci-fi setting and touches upon societal issues such as corporatism and socioeconomic struggles. It features strong animal companionship, as well as a found family.

My biggest caveat is that the pacing of this overall was fairly slow—and I felt as though
laur gluchie
Jul 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I have received a digital Advance Reader’s Copy of this book through NetGalley. This has not affected my rating in any way.
Dec 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya, animals, scifi, arc
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this ARC!

Content Warning: violence, murder, death, animal cruelty, animal death, racism, colonization.

On Tundar, survival is everything. Sena Korhosen knows this better than anyone: she spends her days pickpocketing rich tourists in the hopes of earning enough to buy herself an off-world ticket. There's nothing keeping her on Tundar anymore since her mothers' death five years ago. When she runs afoul of a local mob boss, thoug
Cat Reads Books
Aug 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Big thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Occasionally a book comes along that is just so perfect in everything from plot to character development to pacing that you can't help but wish you could read it for the first time again and again. Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long is that book.

From the first page, I was hooked. This is a fast paced sci-fi-y survival story done exactly right. There are tropes- oh, the
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, wolves
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ARC provided by Wednesday Books.

3.5 stars ✨

Sled racing, a frozen planet, and wolves? I don’t believe there’s another book out there as perfectly tailored to my wants and needs as Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves. I’ve made it very clear in the past that if the title says “wolves” or “wolf” there is a one hundred percent chance of me reading it and this was no exception. I was so excited for a story about the bond between a wolf and girl, especially one that
Ok, this was one of the best debuts I've read this year. Pushing it even farther, it was one of the best books I read this year. The cover drew me in, but the characters and world kept me there.

Id be lying if I said I didn't love this because of Iska. This book wouldn't have been the same without Iska. She was the animal companion I wanted for years, and she made every other animal I've read look one-dimensional. At the end, i was sobbing for her. And don't even get me started on her and Sena's
Feb 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narration: sometimes the voices sounded very similar but I was never confused wh0 was speaking and she did a great job bringing the story up a few notches.

3.75 stars 🌟

Story/characters: 4 stars 🌟 🤩 ✨️
I had trouble putting this down.

I loved everything about it:). I felt very immersed in the world 🌎 and the people in it. It all just jumps off the page and doesn't pull punches.

It was a wonderful thing to see the bond between Sena and Iska grow and to see Sena slowly learn to rely on someone other
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing

It’s not often that a YA book feels truly unique and unexpected. Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves surprised me in so many ways—a Horizon: Zero Dawn-esque fusion of tech and deadly wilderness on a frozen planet, with heart-pounding stakes and heroic sled dogs that feel reminiscent of Balto.

Sena is a resilient, damaged heroine whose story is defined by her deep friendship with a wounded wolf, instead of a romantic arc. The story blends realistic, well-researched aspects of dogsledding an
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Meg originally wanted to be a spy. Instead she somehow found herself teaching overseas in China and Malaysia before ending up in Colorado, where it snows entirely too much.

She taught middle and high school for eight years before jumping into the tech industry as a content designer. Her debut novel, COLD THE NIGHT, FAST THE WOLVES, will be released in 2022 from Wednesday Books. She was a Pitch Wars

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