What it’s about: Wolf by Wolf is simple: it’s a revisionist history retelling of a 1950’s plot executed by a shapeshifting ex-Auschwitz Jewish girl who poses as a famous Aryan champion to win a cross-country motorcycle race between the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire so she call be invited to the Victor’s Ball and kill Hitler.
Nothing to it.
Why I liked it: Let’s get this out of the way first: this book is ridiculous. It has plot holes
and eye-rolling moments, and can pretty much have its way with historical fact. Readers who are looking for a more serious approach at alternate-history-meets-science-fiction should read Philip K. Dick’s Man in a High Castle. So there’s that.
But on the other hand–it was just so fun to read. The plot is out of this world, so fantastic and unexpected, that I found myself canceling my plans for two nights in a row just so I could blaze through it. The characters were fun, there was plenty of juicy revenge (and a dash of romance), and lots of interesting explorations of old-timey motorcycles. Plus, it was written by a new(ish) author, and more power to her for having the guts to dream this up. More than anything, Wolf by Wolf is evidence that your wildest ideas may make your most interesting book yet.
Read if you liked:
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater