Published by Scribner on January 2nd 2018
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“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, mainly because she has not seen an outsider in a long time and also because he is a male in her age range with whom she is not related. 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 she was struggling to survive before, but now she is really in a struggle to survive. This newcomer is not the only change in her life, his arrival triggers a change of events that threaten their way of life.
I really enjoyed this post apocalypse tale of survival. I also love how the landscape and climate feel very much like a character themselves. I could almost hear the crunch of the snow under their boots and feel the chill in the air. I found this to be a nice touch to setting the mood of the book. Winter is not coming – Winter is here in this book! Another thing I appreciated was how fast paced this book was. I found it to be a riveting, chilling, and suspenseful read. It’s part coming of age tale (even though Lynne is in her early 20’s), it’s also about family secrets, learning who you really are, learning what you are made of, bravery, hope, fear, desperation, violence, redemption, and starting over. This book is atmospheric, thrilling, and a page turner.
Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.