The Wolves of Winter
Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive.Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive.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 sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.

The Wolves of Winter Details

TitleThe Wolves of Winter
Author
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherScribner
ISBN-139781501155673
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Fiction, Mystery

The Wolves of Winter Review

  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    Society as we know it has collapsed. The big powes have nuked each other to near oblivion. Many have tried to escape, but then came something with no escape, no cure, trying to finish off those who were left. Lynn, and her remaining family members escape to the Yukon, form a small settlement, hunting and fishing to survive.As Lynn thinks back in time, "And really it didn't matter anymore --the lines we drew for ourselves, the differences we created, the fear and hatred we felt simply because the Society as we know it has collapsed. The big powes have nuked each other to near oblivion. Many have tried to escape, but then came something with no escape, no cure, trying to finish off those who were left. Lynn, and her remaining family members escape to the Yukon, form a small settlement, hunting and fishing to survive.As Lynn thinks back in time, "And really it didn't matter anymore --the lines we drew for ourselves, the differences we created, the fear and hatred we felt simply because there were oceans and deserts and forests between us. The fear of the unknown. The fear that the other guy had a bigger stick. Once the flu hit none of it mattered." It was the one thing confronting society that the bigger might couldn't conquer.One day a stranger appears St their settlement. A young man, different, but who is he, what does he want? As in our world now there are people who will exploit people's fear, to gain power. Chaos and tragedy always brings out the worst and the best in people. There are people that desperately want what Lynn has, something she doesn't know herself has. A big force is moving in, and once again her world will change.I found this book chilling, not just because of the location, but because it all seems so very possible. There is plenty of action, and the pace is quick. Loved the scenario, and really rooted for this small settlement and those who settled there. A worst case scenario that I hope never comes to pass.ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada, the author and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. “The Wolves of Winter” by Tyrell Johnson is a post-apocalyptic novel, where a young woman has the capacity to save the world. But don’t base whether you read it or not on that statement alone. Comparisons have been made to “Hunger Games” (Suzanne Collins) and this is accurate, however “Wolves” is an entirely novel, creative enterprise worth its own ind Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada, the author and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. “The Wolves of Winter” by Tyrell Johnson is a post-apocalyptic novel, where a young woman has the capacity to save the world. But don’t base whether you read it or not on that statement alone. Comparisons have been made to “Hunger Games” (Suzanne Collins) and this is accurate, however “Wolves” is an entirely novel, creative enterprise worth its own individual praise.In “Winter”, Gwendolynn McBride and her family are living in a world that has been shattered by disease. After losing her scientist father to “the flu”, she moves with her brother, mother and uncle to the Yukon, hoping the cold will provide some protection from the airborne virus. Virtually isolated, Lynn and her family have found a way to survive. When a stranger comes to their camp and the McBride’s take a chance and shelter him, their life changes quickly. An agency named “Immunity” is on the hunt for their stranger (Jax) and soon Lynn is a target. Lynn begins to question- what does her mother know? What was her father studying? Why does Immunity know who she is and why is she in danger? This story is not completely innovative- a strong, female protagonist with special skills/powers that could save the world alongside a rough, isolated young man who turns out to be different than expected, and a world torn apart by outside forces. There are some similarities to both “Divergent” (Veronica Roth), and “The Hunger Games”, as well as any of the other immeasurable YA-pocalypse stories out there. However, I can say, I am a huge fan of this genre and really enjoyed “Wolves of Winter”. Lynn is a great character, with just the right amount of spunk and sass without being snotty or irritating. The cold, white, winter landscape of the Yukon sets the stage for the feelings of isolation that run through the McBride “household”. The story is also told in small chapters, which makes reading this novel a breeze. Obviously, this novel will have a sequel (if not more), so based on that assumption, I will not evaluate the ending. Although no sequel was directly mentioned, it would be against the rules of this genre to not provide at least two more novels and make it into a series (and then eventually a movie, or perhaps a TV series, or maybe both). I am however, excited to follow Lynn’s journey through the cold Canadian north and see if she succeeds in her quest and if she continues her (predictable) relationship with Jax (but of course it’s predictable, considering he’s the only male she has come in contact with that isn’t her family or directly trying to kill her). This book surprised me and I was impressed tenfold. Please continue this series, oh Great Book Gods!
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  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warning: (view spoiler)[ Sexual Assault (hide spoiler)]Full Review: Thank you so much to NetGalley and Schribner for allowing me to read and review this lovely literary debut by Tyrell Johnson. I really loved the author’s prose. I found this book very similar to an old Jack London novel. I'm not sure I would really compare it to "The Hunger Games." Very slow-paced for the first half, gorgeous descriptions of the cold and survival in an unforgiving land. There is very little action in the Trigger Warning: (view spoiler)[ Sexual Assault (hide spoiler)]Full Review: Thank you so much to NetGalley and Schribner for allowing me to read and review this lovely literary debut by Tyrell Johnson. I really loved the author’s prose. I found this book very similar to an old Jack London novel. I'm not sure I would really compare it to "The Hunger Games." Very slow-paced for the first half, gorgeous descriptions of the cold and survival in an unforgiving land. There is very little action in the first part of the book. However, about halfway through, things begin to pick up and the writing takes a very cool, dystopian/sci-fi turn that had me on the edge of my seat. Johnson’s prose is so, SO strong. Every word choice is absolutely gorgeous. You can see every sunset and taste the snow. He absolutely transports you to the Yukon and keeps you there right on the page. Characterization, in contrast, is a bit weaker. I had trouble remembering the names of male characters and couldn’t tell them apart because other than Jax, they had no distinguishing characteristics. As a trigger warning, (view spoiler)[ there is sexual assault committed against the main character two separate times, which the author chooses to graphically describe. (hide spoiler)] Still, I connected with the loneliness of Lynn and wanted to stay with her story. Very much enjoyed this and look forward to more of the author’s work. 4/5 stars.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This post apocalyptic fiction has a definite YA vibe but offers more than enough to keep a reader of any age entertained. It follows the story of Lynn McBride, living in the wilderness of the Yukon with her family, isolated and wary after war and disease brought the world to its knees some years ago. She is what makes the book, the kind of vibrant voice that demands attention, such as we've seen in more and more young female characters over the last few years, from Katniss to Turtle.Into the dul This post apocalyptic fiction has a definite YA vibe but offers more than enough to keep a reader of any age entertained. It follows the story of Lynn McBride, living in the wilderness of the Yukon with her family, isolated and wary after war and disease brought the world to its knees some years ago. She is what makes the book, the kind of vibrant voice that demands attention, such as we've seen in more and more young female characters over the last few years, from Katniss to Turtle.Into the dull, repetitive hard work of this new existence comes conflict in the form of a stranger from the outside, kindling revelations that will change the lives of everyone. Here, sharp action and daggered consequences clash with the beautifully rendered environment, bright blood spilled over snow. It is well done and entertaining to boot, a strong first offering from Johnson in what looks like the start of a series.ARC via Netgalley.
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  • Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    "I have heard what the talkers were talking,the talk of the beginning and the end,But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.There was never any more inception than there is now,Nor any more youth or age than there is now,And will never be any more perfection than there is now,Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now." THE W O L V E S OF W I N T E R AS THE OLD WORLD DIES, It's been over seven years since 23-year-old Gwendalynn "Lynn" has used electricity, eaten a Fruit Roll-Up, "I have heard what the talkers were talking,the talk of the beginning and the end,But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.There was never any more inception than there is now,Nor any more youth or age than there is now,And will never be any more perfection than there is now,Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now." THE W O L V E S OF W I N T E R AS THE OLD WORLD DIES, It's been over seven years since 23-year-old Gwendalynn "Lynn" has used electricity, eaten a Fruit Roll-Up, worn a bra—yup, those good ol' days are lonnnng gone. Everything is different now that the world is at war with each other. And just when you thought things couldn't get any worse... well, they do. A massive epidemic known as the Asian Flu is claiming lives faster than the blink of an eye.Things weren't always this chaotic though. This mess happened gradually. As the days went by, less and less kids started showing up at Lynn's school. Then one day, the teachers didn't show up at all. Food became more scarce. Then it became time. Time to say goodbye to the life she knew in Chicago. Her and her family needed get away from the hell that had broken loose before it devoured them, too. After traveling from city-to-city, Lynn and her family finally managed to settle in the Yukon, a freeze-your-balls-off territory in northwest Canada. Only, not everyone survived the shitty journey. "And nothing happened more beautifully than death," Walt Whitman says.Fucking liar. WE ALL MUST CHOOSE TO BECOME PREDATORS. Jax isn't quite sure how old he is—27 maybe 28? Here's the thing, you lose track of time when you don't have a watch or a calendar to follow, when the world has gone to shit, no friends to chat with. It's just you and your dog. There is, however, one thing Jax is certain about: do not get caught by the group known as Immunity.Jax has been taken advantage of long enough, and now he is on the run. With no sense of purpose except to get away as far as he can from the savage people who want to use him as a weapon. Jax is about to cross paths with Lynn and unknowingly help her uncover a secret she's been kept in the dark about for far too long. But here's the thing, Lynn isn't the only one with a dark secret. OR BECOME PREY. Rated PG-13: This book deals with two scenes of sexual assault, frequents the use of profanity and references sex.Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC. Quotes are subject to change upon publication. PS. I will be purchasing this book with my own money when it comes out on January 2, 2018. Yes, that's how much I freaking loved it. Watch out for this up-and-coming author because they are on 🔥!!
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  • Nigel
    January 1, 1970
    In brief - Simple really - just a plain damn good read. Lynn is an excellent character, the setting is very good indeed and the story is well told. I really would love to read another by this author. 4.5/5 but let's not be picky - I'll call it 5.This is Lynn's story. She is currently living in the Canadian Yukon with her brother and her mother. There are just two other people in their immediate community. They are there because the world has been affected by apocalyptic events, first nuclear war In brief - Simple really - just a plain damn good read. Lynn is an excellent character, the setting is very good indeed and the story is well told. I really would love to read another by this author. 4.5/5 but let's not be picky - I'll call it 5.This is Lynn's story. She is currently living in the Canadian Yukon with her brother and her mother. There are just two other people in their immediate community. They are there because the world has been affected by apocalyptic events, first nuclear war and then a flu pandemic. Their existence is fragile and is about to become dangerous. A new person - Jax - arrives.The scene is set. For me it is well set. In the first chapter we meet Lynn and the others there - one of the people from just outside their community is not pleasant. The setting itself quickly becomes an important part of this story. It is almost a character in itself and has a major influence on the whole book. The writing makes that setting vivid and real.Lynn is now 23 but left the "old world" at 16. Time with her father excepted her memories of the old life are fading now.I found this rather a "slow burn" initially. Lynn reflects on their situation, her old life and particularly time spent with her father. He was a biologist and died of the flu in Alaska after they had left the USA. By half way through at the latest I realised I had become completely engrossed in this story. There is a lightness of touch in the writing and even some humour in the dark situation. Lynn herself is an excellent character. Feisty and powerful at times, unsure and thoughtful at other times. Jax excepted she was the stand out character. Jax is someone we only get to know slowly but is certainly interesting.The story gets progressively deeper and more satisfying too I guess. It also became steadily more and more gripping as well as more action packed. Not flawless maybe however I felt this was well written. Simple really - I really enjoyed reading this story. Lynn is a good character, the setting is good and the story is well told. I really would love to read another by this authorNote - I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair reviewhttp://viewson.org.uk/fiction/wolves-...
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  • Eldon Farrell
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure if this is YA or not but whatever genre you place it in, The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson is just a rip-roaring fun yarn.I absolutely loved the setup and backstory for this one. A flu pandemic that swept the globe amidst war and brought about a snowy apocalypse seems almost like it could be ripped from the headlines these days. The author did a fantastic job establishing an oppressive theme throughout and painted frigid pictures with words. Fantastic!The characters were also well Not sure if this is YA or not but whatever genre you place it in, The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson is just a rip-roaring fun yarn.I absolutely loved the setup and backstory for this one. A flu pandemic that swept the globe amidst war and brought about a snowy apocalypse seems almost like it could be ripped from the headlines these days. The author did a fantastic job establishing an oppressive theme throughout and painted frigid pictures with words. Fantastic!The characters were also well drawn and realistic. As a heroine, Lynn is every bit as intriguing as Katniss Everdeen. I was kept on the edge of my seat turning the pages as her story came to fruition. The hint of romance at the end of the world between her and Jax was also done in understated way so as not to interfere with the plot.The only potential drawback is the foray into “superhuman” territory that may throw some readers out of their comfort zone. As a comic junkie though, it was right up my alley!5 stars.
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  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always on the lookout for a new and exciting book in the post-apocalyptic genre. The Wolves of Winter jumped out at me; the cover screamed Nordic noir, another favorite genre, while the synopsis is all post-apocalyptic. I was ready to saddle up and head north with Tyrell Johnson.This is a genre that is fraught with challenges. With all of the books available right now, the scenario needs to be fresh, unique and a wee bit possible. On top of that, should the author go with a strong, young fem I’m always on the lookout for a new and exciting book in the post-apocalyptic genre. The Wolves of Winter jumped out at me; the cover screamed Nordic noir, another favorite genre, while the synopsis is all post-apocalyptic. I was ready to saddle up and head north with Tyrell Johnson.This is a genre that is fraught with challenges. With all of the books available right now, the scenario needs to be fresh, unique and a wee bit possible. On top of that, should the author go with a strong, young female protagonist, she has to hold her own; the last thing I want to read about is another Katniss Everdeen wannabe.So, how did Johnson do?The world has been ravaged by war and a man-made plague (disease). Yes, we have seen this before. I think that Johnson won me over with the build-up to his apocalypse. The possibility of it seems too close for comfort. I thought that this scenario could actually happen.The next thing that Johnson did that worked for me was the setting. It made sense, when the shit hits the fan – head for the hills. The McBride family did exactly as one should, they isolated themselves. Johnson illuminated the daily life of a family striving to get by and the realities of their existence.No great story is complete without great characters. While the bow-wielding Lynn McBride did seem vaguely familiar, she holds her own within the genre. Jax, I really couldn’t connect with, however, his faithful companion, Wolf, was a favorite of mine. Among the supporting cast, Lynn’s uncle, Jeryl, stole the show and kept me connected to the story.The Wolves of Winter is a great first outing for Tyrell Johnson. I had a couple of minor issues (don’t eat snow to hydrate!), but all in all I connected with the characters and felt involved in the story. If Lynn and Jax have any more adventures, I would like to tag along.*I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley).
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I love any dystopian story. But this one felt plausible to me. Maybe because it’s been -20C for more than a week here, the snow crunching beneath my boots. I loved every part of this book. The characters are vibrant, real, lovable. Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.
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  • Jennifer Vining
    January 1, 1970
    It has been awhile since I read a book that falls into the “post apocalyptic” genre so I was excited to dive in. At first glance this book reminded me of Hunger games in the sense of the strong female lead character. And a bit of Maze Runner with the agency Immunity aspect. BUT it was definitely a new story altogether than those its being compared to. I feel like it set the stage for a great series (or AT LEAST a follow up book). The main character Lynn was left in a world surrounded by men and It has been awhile since I read a book that falls into the “post apocalyptic” genre so I was excited to dive in. At first glance this book reminded me of Hunger games in the sense of the strong female lead character. And a bit of Maze Runner with the agency Immunity aspect. BUT it was definitely a new story altogether than those its being compared to. I feel like it set the stage for a great series (or AT LEAST a follow up book). The main character Lynn was left in a world surrounded by men and I give her credit for holding her own. I loved imagining the cold snowy landscape and trying to think what the world would be like today if that were all that was left. As I started reading I knew that could not be all that was going on - enter a handsome stranger named Jax and the plot really kicks off! I devoured this book in two days and loved every minute of it. By the last page I was dying to know what happens next. Bravo to Johnson, I will absolutely be first in line to read whatever he comes out with next (again please tell me it is a sequel)!
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