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The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road will take you on a journey of survival in the wild. You will be on the edge of your seat with this page turner. This one is full of danger, betrayal, and murder.

“The world didn’t change. There is still murder, still rape and fighting.” (Lewis, 239).

The Plot: At just 7 years old, Elka loses her home to a tornado. Lost and hungry, wandering in the woods, she comes across Trapper, who takes her in and teaches her how to survive in the wild of the post-apocalyptic world. Trapper becomes all she knows for 10 years, like a father figure, when suddenly her world is turned upside down by a gun slinging law woman. Elka learns the horrible truth about Trapper and his murdering ways and decides to take her chance in the wild, alone. On her journey to find her parents, who left her with her Nana when she was little, she comes across the dangers of the immorality of men, all while being hunted by her Trapper. In the end, will she survive?

I was thoroughly impressed by this book. Beth Lewis did an amazing job in making me feel like I was in the middle of the woods with Elka. Told through Elka’s perspective and language, I felt connected to her. The story was believable and developed so well! I really felt like I was in the middle of the woods, surviving alongside Elka, and being hunted by Trapper/Kreager at the same time. The relationship between Elka and Trapper was that of a mentor and apprentice. His character was so good at hiding his true inner evil and making Elka believe that he cared for her and wanted to teach her his ways.

“Trapper saw the wild in me and didn’t try to tame it or cage it like my nana done.” (Lewis, 20).

Elka was an amazingly written character. Even at the age of 7, she was fierce and wild. She was strong and brave, a true survivor. As she grows, we begin to see that she has a good sense of morality and right and wrong.

“If I’d killed him right there on that railing, no weapon in his hand, I’d be no better’n Kreager.” (Lewis, 135).

Elka is able to overcome the odds of the world and the wild. She shows amazing woodsman skills and survivalist characteristics. She becomes emotionally hardened for a while, and for good reason, but eventually opens up to an intriguing character named Penelope, and a wolf.

“Felt tears in my eyes as this wild thing, this old-world creature, decided I was good enough to be friends.” (Lewis, 88).

Penelope comes in to the picture about halfway through the book or so. She comes off as mild and meek in the beginning, but we see a change in her through her journey with Elka. Penelope is a bit mysterious because we don’t get her full backstory until the end, but she seems to have morals and a good heart.

“Could a’ screwed me over a hundred times but she’s got one a’ them pure hearts.” (Lewis, 297).

Our villain in this story was definitely a mysterious, intriguing sort. We meet him in the beginning as Trapper, the woodsman who takes Elka in, gives her a home and teaches her the ways of surviving. Once we learn the truth of the awful things he’s done, he becomes Kreager Hallet, murderer and cannabalist. He becomes the cat in the “cat and mouse” game that is The Wold Road. We slowly learn of the true evil in his heart and soul and begin to realize that he intended for Elka to follow in his footsteps, on his path, the whole time.

“You been walking my wolf road all your life, Elka girl, clawing and biting right on my heels, begging for scraps and teaching and I gave ’em both. I gave you everything you’d ever need to walk right alongside me.” (Lewis,. 342).

The Wolf Road most certainly receives a 5 star rating from me! I was taken on a wild journey of survival and the hunt. Don’t miss out on this amazing story of Elka’s struggle to survive, both in the forest and being hunted by the one man she had grown to love and trust.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with this free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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