Book Review: The Wolf Road

A wolf looking alert against a wilderness background
Elka’s a 17-year-old girl living in what used to be Canada. But the Cold War got hot back in the 1980s, and now North America’s a partial wasteland, partial wilderness. You have to be tougher than nails to survive.

The Wolf Road tells the story of Elka’s cross-country journey looking for her parents, who left her as a baby to seek their fortune in the wilder-than-a-Western west. She narrates the tale, and her voice is extraordinary: hard, fierce, and rich with dark humor. As we learn more and more about her past, we see increasing amounts of emotion and love–and also a core-deep darkness that’s hidden even from herself, until it finally detonates.

I’ve had it up to here with post-apocalyptic books, but I loved this world Beth Lewis created. It’s vital and raging and real, just like Elka herself. Lewis (a Brit) also gets points for creating a distinctive North American rural dialect for Elka.

A gorgeous, original book.

Photo credit: Mark Kent, via Creative Commons license