It's been a while since I've read a survival story but I always seem to enjoy them when I do get the chance to read them. This was a little bit different though because it was about a whole family, not just one person, and it happens in the aftermath of nuclear war and a manufactured flu virus. 

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows Lynn and her family after the spread of the Asian flu and a series of wars that destroyed the world as they knew it. After fleeing to the Yukon, twenty-three-year-old Lynn lives with her mother, brother, uncle and adopted cousin. Her father was a scientist before the destruction died of the flu years earlier. The group is doing well surviving, until Jax, a man who seems to be on the run, stumbles upon Lynn in the woods. Soon a group of men comes looking for Jax and his secrets become deadly.

This book was really quite unexpected. I was anticipating the usual survival story where one person stumbles through the snow for days and is eventually found. I think this was more of a true post-apocalyptic story with some survivalist elements woven throughout. Johnson does a great job of explaining the downfall of the world without it seeming unrealistic or too info-heavy. I also enjoyed how this was a story about family, not just the main character. They looked out for each other and were all just trying to survive.

I thought the writing style was well done, the narration was first-person and included both present day and past narrations. Johnson handled the transition well and the story didn't seem choppy or disjointed. I enjoyed learning about the past, specifically the events that lead up to the collapse of the world. I personally found this aspect really interesting and, frighteningly enough, not that far fetched.

It was nice to see a slightly older narrator as well. We still see the family dynamic without Lynn being a bratty seventeen-year-old. This also helped explain any more unrealistic actions of hers, such as running off into the woods by herself without telling anyone. It wasn't her smartest move, but I didn't spend the whole time thinking that she was just a kid who was selfishly making her family worry. She was a grown woman who could make her own decisions.

While I did really like most of this book, there is just something that I can't put my finger on that I didn't love. In its individual pieces, I should love this book, but there was just something when everything was put together that threw me off a bit.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but there was just something holding me back from giving it a higher rating.