The Wolves of Winter

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 02 Jan 2018

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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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The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson has a relatively unique approach to the dystopian fiction genre that is not only a welcome surprise but sets it apart from previous novels in the genre. With its stark setting, the surprise approach is not immediately obvious as the story calls to mind various post-apocalyptic stories in which the weather patterns have been permanently altered by global nuclear war.  However, once you move past the familiar setting, you realize that the McBride family are not only people who are trying to survive the new climate and lack of civilization but that they lived in the world before it went to hell.

This may not seem like a big deal but in actuality it is a...

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Imagine Planet of the Apes without the apes - a deadly flu decimates the world population, but before we all die out we find a way to launch all our nuclear weapons - lashing out as we lose control. Then imagine the aftermath - decimated populations all seeking to isolate themselves from each other and contamination. Now imagine coming of age during this period. How do you start over when you can count the people around you on one hand? How do you make plans for your life? Forget that - how do you make plans for next month? Johnson has created an awesome landscape and characters forging their own path in a new world - a world in which everything they grew up knowing no longer has any...

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Terrific! I know this is listed as being a sci-fi novel but it's really not. It is post-apocolyptic good versus evil but it's also a coming of age story about Lynn and a love story about her family. Set in the Yukon, snow is also a character in this well written highly entertaining book. Yes the world has gone to hell but Lynn, her mom, her brother, Jeryl, and Ramsey are living in the wilderness and making a go of it. There's a secret associated with Lynn but Johnson doesn't reveal it till close to the end. Things change when Jax comes into their camp with his dog Wolf. Jax has a secret too. All of them band together to repel their rotten neighbor Conrad and...

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"First you survive in your head, then in your stomach, and then in your heart. You have to have all three." (paraphrased)

This is the first book from author Tyrell Johnson but I'm definitely hoping there will be more. I hope he continues this book with a series - and I usually am not one to be writing that. I tend to prefer standalone books.

But this story had three of my favorite things in it - a strong female protagonist, a post-apocalyptic plotline, and a cold, snowy setting.

Lynn (short for Gwendolynn) McBride and her family left Chicago after the bombs started dropping and the world "went to hell in a hand basket". They moved to Eagle, Alaska - Mom...

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The Wolves of Winter is a story about a young woman coming of age in a post-apocalyptic world where most of the world's population has been wiped out by a combination of nuclear war and a devastating flu. Survivors have fled to the frozen north to start over. The author captures the challenges that come with living in this cold, dark environment very well. The story has some elements of young adult, but overall I would compare this more to books like The Passage where the real struggles of surviving in a dystopian society while trying to maintain some kind of humanity are captured. The story is told from the point of view of Lynn, a young woman who, unbeknownst to her, could be the one...

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It wasn’t enough for nations to disagree. They had to add nuclear war to the mix, changing both the environment and nature, making food scarce and luxuries like electricity and chocolate a thing of the past. Then came the Asian Flu, and millions died, changing the landscape of the world even more.

For years, a nomadic, secretive existence is the only thing that kept them alive. Now, for seven years, Lynn and her family---mother, brother, honorary uncle and his adopted son—have huddled together in their tiny community in the Yukon wilderness, hunting and struggling to eke out a hardscrabble existence in a world gone mad. Then Lynn finds an injured stranger and his dog and brings them home...

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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...

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This was a very action packed intense read.  It kept my attention from page to page.
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