Title: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
In an alternate history, where the Axis Powers were the victors of WWII, there are those who still hope to free Europe from Germania’s clutches. Yael is one of those underground rebels.
Every year, Germania and Japan host a motorcycle race spanning their empires, in celebration of their WWII victory. Yael is entered into this race, and assigned the task of winning and assassinating Hitler at the Victory Ball. Thanks to Nazi experimentation, Yael now has a very special ability that makes her the only candidate that can take on this task for the rebels. Part historical fiction, part science fiction, this novel makes a history that never happened feel all too real and present.
Review: I don’t know if I can say that I enjoyed reading about a Nazi occupied Europe, but I do commend Graudin for writing this novel. The research and time that was dedicated to this world is very apparent, and as I was reading it felt as if this truly was the outcome of WWII. From the experimentation to government protocol, everything that occurred in Wolf by Wolf is grounded in Nazi history. Yael is a strong, passionate character, who faces many conflicts head on with the intuition of someone who has grown up in a cruel world. However, Graudin also effectively portrays her as a 17 year old who is their first mission. Yael stumbles, makes mistakes, and often questions her actions, all the while feeling that her duty is more important than any moral apprehension she has about the actions she takes to achieve her goals. This is a book full of action, that really is unlike anything I’ve read before.