The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson is Lynn’s story. She is currently living in the Canadian Yukon with her brother and her mother. There are just two other people in their immediate community. They are there because the world has been affected by apocalyptic events, first nuclear war and then a flu pandemic. Their existence is fragile and is about to become dangerous. A new person – Jax – arrives.
The scene is set. For me it is well set. In the first chapter we meet Lynn and the others there – one of the people from just outside their community is not pleasant. The setting itself quickly becomes an important part of this story. It is almost a character in itself and has a major influence on the whole book. The writing makes that setting vivid and real.
Lynn is now 23 but left the “old world” at 16. Time with her father excepted her memories of the old life are fading now.
I found this rather a “slow burn” initially. Lynn reflects on their situation, her old life and particularly time spent with her father. He was a biologist and died of the flu in Alaska after they had left the USA. By half way through at the latest I realised I had become completely engrossed in this story. There is a lightness of touch in the writing and even some humour in the dark situation. Lynn herself is an excellent character. Feisty and powerful at times, unsure and thoughtful at other times. Jax excepted she was the stand out character. Jax is someone we only get to know slowly but is certainly interesting.
The story gets progressively deeper and more satisfying too I guess. It also became steadily more and more gripping as well as more action packed. Not flawless maybe however I felt this was well written. Simple really – I really enjoyed reading this story. Lynn is a good character, the setting is good and the story is well told. I really would love to read another by this author
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review