Review: Among Wolves by R A Hakok

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“Gripping, pulse-raising action”

About the book:

Gabriel remembers the Last Day. He and Mags had been on a tour of the White House with the rest of Miss Kimble’s first-graders when it happened. They fled with the President to a long-abandoned bunker, even as the first of the bombs began to fall.

Ten years have passed, and now Gabriel is almost grown. He still lives deep inside the mountain, waiting for the world to thaw. But outside the storms continue to rage, and supplies are running low. The President says it will be okay, because they are the Chosen Ones. But Gabriel isn’t so sure. Gabriel’s their scavenger, and he’s seen what it’s like out there.

Then one day Gabriel finds a bloodstained map. The blood’s not a problem, nor are the frozen remains of the person it once belonged to. Gabriel’s used to seeing dead bodies. There’s far worse to be found in any Walmart or Piggly Wiggly you care to wander into.

Except this one he recognizes, and it shouldn’t be all the way out here. Now all Gabriel can think is how he’s going to make it back to the bunker and let the President know what he’s found.

But Gabriel’s troubles are only just beginning. For things are not as they seem inside the mountain, and soon he will face a much larger problem: how to get Mags and the others out.

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Review by Katy Haye:

My first read of 2017 started the year in fine style, with a story that was tense and gripping, a smashing apocalypse premise and a vivid narrator.

I was puzzled at first by the second narrative (from Eliza’s point of view), because I couldn’t figure out how it fitted – was it parallel elsewhere, or back or forward in time? But stick with it and it’ll all become clear.

The finale was pulse-pounding, mouth-drying stuff, very good: pacey writing of the sort I love.

I thoroughly enjoyed Among Wolves and give it a firm recommendation, although I am still puzzling over the Lena thread. I don’t want to give out any spoilers, so I’ll just say that I thought her situation was going to have been engineered by Kane, and I never figured out why it ended as it did. Hope that’s cryptic enough to intrigue you without giving the game away!

There is more in the series and I’ll definitely read more to see what happens next.

Katy Haye is reading her way through the alphabet during the first half of 2017. Keep posted for reviews from A – Z on this site. When not reading, she writes fast-paced fantasy for YA readers. Her new release, Discord, is now available.

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