The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Crown July , 2016 368 pages
Synopsis: A young girl lost in the woods is found by a man she calls Trapper. and sometimes Daddy. In the years that follow, he teaches her how to live in the wild, how to set traps, how to hunt, and how to survive, but Elka discovers that Trapper has a secret. Her life in danger as she becomes the hunted. This is a story of cat and mouse, revenge and redemption.
Review: Wow. I could not put this book down. I didn't know if I wanted to laugh or cry. Poor Elka is dumped in the frying pan when her parents, on their way to find gold, leave her with her grandmother who is trying to beat some manners in the girl. A storm picks up Elka from the frying pan and drops her into the fire. She gets out of the fire, but she's still in the frying pan. So the pace continued from frying pan to fire to pan and fire again. (I won't tell you if she ever gets out of one or the other. No spoilers here.)
It took me a little bit of time to figure out where the place and time setting was in this story. No fault of the writer, I'm slow that way sometimes. Once it bugged me enough, I went back and read it again where she discusses the Big Stupid. The story is set in the future after the bombs fell destroying civilization as we know it. No zombies, no monsters except the kind that walk on two legs. This book won't give you nightmares, but you might end up chewing on your fingernails. The characters are average people. I didn't fall in-love with anyone, but they're good people and I certainly didn't want anything bad to happen to them and I was sad when bad things happen to good people. The threat is always above Elka's head.
My rating for this book is a definite 5 stars. I may not have loved the characters, but I cared for them and it took me a couple of days to transition back to this world of reality. And I admit, I shed a tear at the end.
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