The Wolves of Winter

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A dystopia after a war.  Character was well done and interesting.  I would give to both adults and high level young adult readers.
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(I have a book-related podcast, and I would love to interview Tyrell Johnson about his book! www.closemindedpodcast.com)

Johnson writes well, with solid character development and steady pacing as he unveils a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Set in the Yukon territory a decade or so after civilization has fallen to a deadly virus in the wake of a worldwide nuclear war, the story follows a family living peaceably in the secluded northern frontier. That is, until a stranger appears in their midst, pursued by a militarized CDC-like organization. Johnson pens a compelling story that ends satisfyingly, yet with hints of more to come in the broad narrative. I hope he continues writing.
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I absolutely love apocalyptic survival stories and Johnson's debut is an excellent addition to the genre. I can't say I found it wholly original, but what story is?
The main character, Lynn, was frequently frustrating, but not unlikable and if anything, I found her flaws to make her more realistic. I don't know any twenty somethings (myself included) who make great choices and I don't think the apocalypse would change that any.
For me, the best parts of this book was the dynamics at play between Lynn and her family, and the subtle ways Johnson displayed the frosty setting.
I would recommend this book to lovers of post-apocalyptic fiction and survival stories who...

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This book was really enjoyable
I loved the idea behind it, the characters were so well done. The world-building was done exceptionally well also. Can't wait to read more by this author
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Excellent first time apocalyptic thriller—in the near future a flu in conjunction with weather changes influenced by nuclear war wipes out most of the population. Some escape to Alaska and other cold areas—a few may be immune to the flu.  Some are searching for the answer to immunity which sets up the battle between Lynn and Jax who are immune and the Immunity group. Looks like this will be the first in a series and I look forward to the next. Well written, fast pace and with a love story at its heart. Read it.
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Wow! Great book! I can’t wait to read more from this author. I’ve read a lot of dystopian fiction, but this is a standout. There are so many things done right: intriguing plot, skilled writing, superb pacing and well fleshed out characters. And I may have found a new favorite heroine in Gwendolyn, a courageous young woman determined to protect her family and play a part in solving a worldwide crisis.
The story takes place in the wilderness of the Yukon Territories in the near future. Small groups of survivors are hiding there after cataclysmic events cause more populated areas to become dangerous. Gwendolynn’s family is among these. They are hiding an additional secret that puts...

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Society has collapsed due to nuclear war and a worldwide killer virus which has left very few survivors. Sixteen year old Lynn McBride and her family move to the harsh Canadian Yukon in the early days of the war in order to survive. Aside from Lynn’s mother, father, brother, Uncle Jeryl and Sam a young man whose late father was friends with Jeryl, the only other person nearby is Conrad. A terrible, thieving man who only has his interests in mind and will never be the kind of person you’d want as your neighbor at the end of the world. While Lynn’s family is largely unaffected by the virus since living in the wilderness, Lynn’s father passes away (not a spoiler this happens before the book...

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4.5 stars

"I exist as I am, that is enough."

Lynn McBride is surviving in the stark Canadian Yukon after society collapsed after a nuclear war and the onset of disease. She is not alone, her Mother, her brother, her uncle and others live in a small settlement relying on their hunting skills to survive.

One day she comes across a young man, Jax, and his dog named Wolf while out hunting. Jax appears different from others she has met. He is mysterious, and she is intrigued. She brings him back to her tiny settlement and their entire world changes forever.

"Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive."

Lynne thought...

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4.5 Stars.

OKAAAY.....SIGN ME UP for the next Tyrell Johnson novel. THE WOLVES OF WINTER is a super-fine debut....available NOW!

............."Everyone has something to hide.".............

What you'll find here is a great post-apocalyptic adventure set in a snowy Yukon wilderness....with freezing temperatures....a feisty, smart-mouth protagonist....her expanded family....a "fat-face" creep neighbor, a mysterious man, his cool dog Wolf....and a fight for survival....literally.

When the McBride family flee Chicago for Alaska, Lynn's father knows what's coming. As a biologist, he fears the worst....desperate violent people and infection....and he's...

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A great novel with action and good pacing with a believable premise of what "might" happen.  It did skirt the YA theme of both "hunger Games and Divergent" but was fresh enough to hold my interest
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I couldn't put this book down.  I was drawn in immediately by the cold setting, so atmospheric.  Would recommend to others that love post-apocalyptic fiction.
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This is very by-the-numbers.  Characters are not compelling and the plot is very predictable.  I can't really recommend much about it.
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The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early January.

The lead narrator - a cold-bitten child of nuclear dystopic nature, Lynn - reminds me much of Eloi from Horizon Zero Dawn, but with a greater familial support system in her uncle Jeryl, brother, and mom amid a hungry, angry, tough-talking, flu-fearing, hunting, shooting wilderness.
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Dang, I loved this story and really hated to see it end. I'll confess that I wasn't expecting too much from it, as I usually like my post-apocalyptic fiction to be filled with zombies/aliens/supernatural beings. This was about as real as it gets. The setting in the Yukon was gorgeous! The best thing about this story were the people. Sometimes you just run across a character and they take on a life of their own. Gwendolyn will be added to that list of fictional characters who I'll remember on certain days and wonder what she been up to. Then I'll probably have to read this book again and spend a few days visiting. This is a fully self-contained novel, but I'd be...

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Published by Scribner on January 2, 2018

The Wolves of Winter is best approached as a young adult novel. It doesn’t appear to be marketed that way, but it has all the YA characteristics: a young adult protagonist at odds with an older adult world; the protagonist’s discovery that she has greater resilience/strength/skills than she imagined; a broadening of that character’s life experiences as the novel progresses; her blossoming but chaste love for a good-hearted bad boy; her clashes with adult/parental authority; her reassurance of parental love; her confrontation of easily-resolved moral issues; and an undemanding plot that moves quickly and covers a relatively short time span. That...

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Winner, winner. Chicken dinner.

We have another five-star super-star.

I am so very impressed by this debut novel and I am not above begging for a sequel... and sooner, rather than later (You listening to me, Tyrell Johnson?). I am attached to the characters, I am invested in the story line, I am ready for more.

“Snow can save you and sustain you, crush you and kill you. Snow is a fickle bastard.”


The Wolves of Winter follows a young woman named Gwyndolynn McBride, who, as much as I love her full name, insists on going by Lynn. She is 23 years old and lives in the Yukon Territory of Canada with her mother, brother, uncle, and family friend. Following a war on terror and a massive flu...

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This post-apocalyptic novel follows Lynn Bride and her family in search of a home in the Canadian Yukon. While well written, it seemed a little light on descriptive detail, although the plot is developed and engaging.
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Tyrell Johnson’s The Wolves of Winter starts out as a reasonably well-written, if undistinguished, post-apocalyptic tale – a sort of YA-ish version of Cormac Mcarthy’s The Road (the “ish” owing to the fact that the protagonist is a handful of years older than the usual YA heroine). It quickly turns into a reasonably well-written, undistinguished, YA-ish post-apocalyptic tale crossbred with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a development that doesn’t do it any favors. Lynn is a little bit Katniss (hunts with bow and arrow) and a little bit more Bella (attracted to dangerous men, makes bad decisions, needs to be rescued a lot).
After a nuclear war AND a superflu wipe out most of the planet’s human...

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3.5 stars. I enjoyed this post-apocalyptic thriller, but it wasn't as good as others like the enthralling The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis or the beautiful Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I loved the setting -- the frigid Yukon -- and the plot was certainly intriguing; anything set in a post-apocalyptic world sucks me right in!

I wish, though, that there had been more -- more background on the war and the manufactured flu that wiped out most of the population, more sense of what it's like to live with a very small group in a cluster of cabins in the middle of nowhere and encounter no other souls for years, more of a connection with our main character, Lynn. I liked her, but...

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