Author(s): Ryan Graudin
What would the world look like if the Nazis had won the war? Wolf by Wolf is a gripping thriller about one girl's extraordinary mission to kill Hitler.
"Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel." Laini Taylor, bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host an annual motorbike race across their combined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.
Yael has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost when she was a prisoner in a brutal concentration camp. Now part of the resistance, Yael has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. But the only way to enter the race is to impersonate last year's only female racer, Adele Wolfe. Yael is a master of deception but there are two other competitors it may be impossible to fool - Adele's brother, Felix, and Luka, a boy she clearly has history with.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission? The future on the world is depending on her . . .
A fast-paced, clever story that will leave you breathless.
Ryan Graudin's book has a great premise. It’s Germany, 1956, and Hitler has won the war. Yael, an eighteen-year-old woman, is part of the Resistance and she has a mission – a dangerous one – she is charged with assassinating Hitler. As a child, Yael was in a camp and experimented on – the experiment, which was successful, has given her a gift that can be used against her enemies. In 1956 a famous motorcycle race, for the crème de la crème of youths, crosses Hitler’s Europe. After years of training, Yael is ready to join this often-dangerous race, where allegiances are necessary to survive and to win is difficult. But win Yael must so she can get to the Victors’ Ball. This novel draws you in slowly and then grips you with its teeth and doesn’t let up until the end. While sometimes you have to suspend belief, on the whole this is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel with plenty of grit and a brave, admirable female protagonist. Follow this with the sequel, Blood for Blood.
An absorbing, exciting and interesting novel with a great central character The Bookbag Yael joins a long list of strong female leads - warriors, really - in young adult fiction, who prove their worth by exceeding expectations normally associated with males. Her desire for revenge is palpable and her determination well portrayed. Wolf by Wolf is as fast-paced and tense as The Hunger Games and will keep you wondering not only who will win the race, but also what their final victory will be. The Bookseller Please, just go and go now. Buy it. Read it. Love it. And then you will understand why I am so very desperately in love with Wolf By Wolf. Because, yes, Wolf By Wolf's lead girl was a Mystique-like character, undercover and with special powers - it is a race, a battle, a supernatural-esque thrill ride. But Wolf By Wolf is also about fear and pain and hope and survival. About fighting against all the odds. About making the world right after it went oh-so very wrong. About fighting for what you believe in. About how terrible the world could have been, if just a few things had gone differently during WW2. And that is why everyone, everywhere simply has to read it. Wolf By Wolf was beyond phenomenal and I honestly just cannot recommend it enough - to every single person who reads this review, who sees this book in Waterstones and who lives on this planet. Read it. Read it now. I, meanwhile, will be going insane waiting for the sequel... I just need it so badly. Ryan Graudin is amazing and all powerful and I am well and truly hooked. The Book Addicted Girl I sat in a tube station and refused to leave until I reached the end because I couldn't bear to put it down. Wolf By Wolf throws us into the dusty path of a stunning, fast-paced and well-written journey. All I wanted to do upon finishing was tell other people about it. The Pretty Books I loved this book. It switches between Yael's childhood and when she is 18, which was done very well as both stories were equally intriguing, which normally isn't the case in books written with a similar format. The book was very well written as you slowly got to know more and more about Yael's past, as it slotted into the story. -- Guardian children's books site teen reviewer The Guardian.com Ultimately Wolf by Wolf is a story of fierce and determined hope. Hope to survive, hope to win, hope to make a better world. It is a triumph of writing and a must read for 2015. If you loved X Men First Class, Orphan Black, The Big Lie and The Book Thief, this is the book for you. 5 Lightning bolts for this incredible book. Mugglenet.com Engaging and suspenseful, this is a perfect read for history and spy buffs alike Scotcampus Gripping, powerful and utterly addictive, Wolf by Wolf is an absolute must-read The Guardian It's harrowing and heart-rending, but at the same time the rush that surrounds every step of the race makes it an addictive read... Not once does Graudin ever lose sight of the events that inspired Wolf By Wolf though, and it's her clever command of resolve and a teenage girl's fight through her fears for a better world that makes Graudin such an unstoppable writer SciFi Now This is a smart, many-layered thriller that not only kept me right on the edge of my seat but kept me guessing right up until the final, scary, and completely unexpected twist. An alternate history, a brutal race, a secret mission, with a pinch of sci-fi to set it going - hands down to Ryan Graudin for coming up with something so entirely different. Waterstones.com Ferocious and challenging The Daily Telegraph Pacy, credible and raw, every page snarls at you, dragging you into the plot Woman's Way
Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, South Carolina with a severe case of wanderlust. When she's not travelling, she's busy photographing weddings, writing and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. You can visit her website at ryangraudin.com and follow her on Twitter @ryangraudin.