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Publisher's Summary

A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny, this debut novel is in a postapocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path.

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's been forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter.

But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community - most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.

Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer of who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant.

©2017 Tyrell Johnson. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Beautifully written and compelling

Unlike so many novels in general, and apocalypse novels in particular, The Wolves of Winter is beautifully written. The story unfolds effortlessly. The author does not force anything. The characters are well developed but not exhaustively examined. It is difficult to put this book down. The action, like the rest of the story, occurs naturally. I really loved this read and look forward to more books by this author. Highly recommended.

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Good book! Wish there was more!

Better than a lot of the post apocalyptic reads out there. Much better actually! This is not your "prepper" style read so if your looking for the run of the mill, I'm prepared for anything, prepped style read you should move on. I was pleasantly surprised although i think there could have been a bit more to it and it seemed to die off a little towards the end. Nonetheless it is still better than several books out recently in this genre. I have to assume there is more coming or possibly more already out (I haven't checked yet) continuing this story. Matter of fact I'm gonna go look right now for. Oil two, three, etc...

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  • Nickal16
  • Irvine, CA, United States
  • 02-20-18

Great "End of the World" survivor story.

I enjoyed The Wolves of Winter very much. I'm a big fan of end of the world novels, and this one hit the mark. The story is told in present time by a young woman, with memories shared of how the end of the world started and how one family came to be living in the wilderness. I enjoyed the characters and the story was very different. The narrator did an excellent job with all the different characters.

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book & was totally bummed when it was over. Great details, storyline & character building.

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Good story

I enjoyed this book. It kept my interest from the early pages. The story was good, maybe a little predictable in a few spots but definitely worth the read.

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Engaging Dystopian with a Twist.

Overall rating: 4.25; Audio 4.5; story 4.0

Lynn was sixteen when her family walked away from their home in Alaska society to live in the Yukon wilderness. Her father was dead and her mother, brother, uncle and a friend seek to escape the threat of nuclear war and the more present threat of a deadly flu virus. Lynn has had to learn to live off the land by honing her hunting and trapping skills. She also has to deal with unscrupulous neighbors who steal game and make unwanted advances. Rarely do strangers come near their small community (four cabins) so she is surprised to stumble upon an injured man with a dog.

Lynn is fascinated by Jax who brings excitement of tales from the world beyond. But he also brings danger as there are forces who are chasing him. And once they learn about Lynn, they will want to capture her too.

I enjoyed how this post-apocalyptic/dystopian story developed with a natural disaster which is different from zombie and . It is told from Lynn’s first person view so you have the struggles and memories of a young woman who has no real society other than her family. She struggles with being isolated and seeks to learn more about those who survived the pandemic. But she soon learns that she may not be safe…and she may be special.

The story is engaging and kept me interested until the end as I rooted for Lynn and Jax. The writing is lovely, clear and direct with strong descriptions. I also liked the chapter opening quotes from Walt Whitman. I recommend this to readers who enjoy young adult, natural dystopian.

Audio Notes: Jayme Mattler is a new to me narrator. She does a spot-on job with the narration, providing the appropriate aged voice for Lynn. She also does a good job on Jax and the other characters. She carries the energy of the book and the narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story.

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lame

just ok, too much like Katniss and her bow for me. was hoping for it to be fleshed out more

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Hope this is a series

I enjoyed this book very much and I'm sure we'll hear more about this author in the future. I hope it is in the form of a series of books that extend this story. Although this one has a nice ending, it is obvious that there could be a lot more written about these strong interesting characters and their unusual circumstances. Although most humans have been destroyed by a deadly virus and a war, a few strong individuals have survived, some of them resistant to the virus. A mysterious organization is looking for the survivors. For what purpose, we're not sure.(somewhat of a plot spoiler ahead) And there is a human with strength and agility that surpasses other humans. They really want to find that person. The characters are very well developed and I'm ready to follow them through many adventures. The narrator couldn't be better.

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Loved it

Kept me wanting to listen. Great performance. Will be thinking about this one for awhile.

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"The wolves of winter" is one of my new favorite books!

This is my first book by Tyrell and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The story is very believable and I really enjoyed the characters. They were all unique and I like the way all their relationships flow together so easily. The twists and turns sort of sneak up on you and I like that. Open till the very end of the story you don't know where it's going to happen. Some people said they could predict the story. But I disagree, I thought there were many twists and turns that we're not predictable. And the reader, Jayme, nailed it! I can't believe all the characters she played! She gave each character they are very own quality, personality and tone that I really felt there were different readers playing each part. Overall I give this book give five stars in every category and I would recommend this book to everyone whether they like thrillers or mysteries or every other genre.