Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Oh, was killing hitler not enough? Imagine a midcentury world where the Nazis won but an x-man they created is plotting to kill the furher by winning a motorcycle tour.
I can’t not turn down anything about killing Nazis, so yes I was here for this book, and it did not disappoint.
Yael is a young girl when she’s taken into a concentration camp and experimented on, and she develops the ability to shapeshift. She uses this ability to get out and find a resistance group, who protects her and makes her part of their plot to kill Hitler.
Graudin has created a complex, conflicted character with Yael, and created a super realistic depiction of a fictional, axis-run world. The narration jumps between Yael’s past and present in a clear, well structured way, and helps build her motives and actions so well. Thank God this is a trilogy because I need to know more after that ending.
Side note – yael poses as another woman in most of the book, and we never fall into the weird GoT incest trap of her falling for the woman’s brother.
Side note 2 – the let’s kill Hitler trope never gets old
Side note 3 – so my husband is watching pro wrestling while I write. You know who doesn’t fall for a bad guys act? Literary heroines. You know who always falls for a bad guys act? Pro wrestlers.
Anyway this gets 4 out of 5 wolves. I can’t wait to get off the waitlist for book 2.