The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.
There are books that draw you in and weave magic between the lines, there are books that are good, just good – not stellar that is, and then there are books that have brilliant storylines but lackluster execution. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is one of those.
Yael’s experiences in the concentration camp made her forget her face, but etched the pain and sacrifices on her soul, making her a loose the grip of her emotions. The life in hiding also made Yale forget what it’s like to deal with humans, the interactions and emotions that come with. While she has been preparing for her insurgency for years, her first mission, and the fact that she has to deal with the results of actions of Adele Wolfe, the young woman whom she is impersonating.
The writing was, by and large, quite dull. At some points, especially closer to the end of the novel, I found myself skimming through the pages, wanting to find out what happens, but lacking the desire to go in deeper. The writing had this sort of “fairly decent fanfic” feel about it, which made it just about enjoyable, even though, I imagine the story could look very well on the big screen. A sort of historical, teenage-girl-on-a-mission-adventure with a tinge of X-men medically-induced shapeshifting mutation.
Overall: 3 *