The Wolves of Winter: Book summary and reviews of The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

The Wolves of Winter

A Novel

by Tyrell Johnson

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The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

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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.

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 forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter.

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 to 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.

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"An exciting, fast-paced tale ... Johnson is an excellent storyteller; the novel is full of action, suspense, and plot twists as the resilient characters fight for survival in a harsh winter wilderness." - Publishers Weekly

"A stylishly written debut by a novelist to keep an eye on...Johnson's outdoor adventure novel is lifted by his command of natural settings and his understanding of family bonding under extreme duress." - Kirkus Reviews

"A chilling vision of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where weather can kill and trust can be deadly. The Wolves of Winter is vivid, fast-paced, and raw." - Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters

"If Jack London had written a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age thriller, it might read something like this. Curl up with The Wolves of Winter by a warm fire, and set aside a day, because this is great, absorbing fiction, with one of the most appealing protagonists I've ever encountered. It deserves the widest possible audience." - Blake Crouch, author of the New York Times bestselling Dark Matter and the internationally bestselling Wayward Pines Trilogy

"This is fiction at its best: a gripping plot, imagery that arrests and illuminates, and characters that will haunt you well beyond the closing of the book. But what sets The Wolves of Winter apart is Tyrell Johnson's masterfully deliberate lyricism. Every word has been vetted against all other possibilities. The result is a story that pulses from beginning to end. Here is prose that demands to be read. Read it." - Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Hausfrau

"I read The Wolves of Winter in one sitting because I couldn't stand to put it down. Gripping, fierce, and a sobering 'what if' for our unsure times, this fast-moving debut allies a Katniss Everdeen with a Jason Bourne, lands them in a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter, sets some serious bad guys on their tails, and never lets up." - Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and June

"With The Wolves of Winter, Johnson has created a stark, brutal and all too believable new world. The landscape and conditions are beautifully realized, the writing is deft, sure of itself and from the first page, you know you're in the hands of a gifted storyteller. This is a stunningly written account of a young woman's struggle and what a woman she is. Lynn is everything I want in a character; resilient, resourceful, charming and tough, she'll stay with me for long time. A brilliant book, I loved it." - Beth Lewis, author of The Wolf Road

"A brilliant, post-apocalyptic thriller that's part coming-of-age story, part survival epic. Fans of The Hunger Games will love Wolves' hard-bitten heroine Lynn and her thrilling journey into a frozen, predator-filled landscape.  Clever, compelling, cinematic, this story chilled me in all the right ways.  I absolutely loved it." - Peter Clines, author of The Fold, Ex-Heroes and 14

"Visceral and consuming, The Wolves of Winter depicts a frigid dystopian future where compassion has become the ultimate luxury. Johnson's novel boldly enters that dangerous gray space between survival and empathy, revealing the ways in which those opposing urges can break open our hearts." - Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn

"Beautifully imagined, dark and chilling, yet ever hopeful too. The reader is given a remarkable heroine in Lynn McBride, a steadfast and resourceful young woman surviving with her family in the wilds of the Yukon and parsing through memories of life before everything collapsed. As I turned the pages, I could sense the coming dangers right alongside her. Tyrell Johnson has imagined a future that feels both faraway and too real, too possible. I simply could not put this book down. What a masterful, haunting debut." - Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine

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Tyrell Johnson is a twenty-nine-year-old writer and editor who grew up in Bellingham, Washington. He received his MFA from the University of California, Riverside, where he studied fiction and poetry. An avid outdoorsman, he currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, northeast of Vancouver with his wife, two kids, and a Siberian husky. The Wolves of Winter is his first novel.

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