Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Summary:The year is 1956, and the Axis powers rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.
Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them – made up of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.
Wolf by Wolf is one of the most engaging books I’ve read in a long time. It keeps you on your toes from start to finish, and it’s nearly impossible to put down.
The story is set in an alternate future where the Nazis and their allies have won World War Two. In celebration of their victory, the Germans join forces with the Japanese to host a yearly cross-continent motorcycle race. The winner of the race is awarded an audience with none other than Hitler himself.
Yael is a concentration camp survivor, and she wants revenge for everything Hitler has done to her and her family. Her plan for revenge? To disguise herself as last year’s winner, Adele Wolfe, and compete in the race…and then kill Hitler. But, as the race begins, can she keep up the façade of being someone she’s not?
Yael is an amazing character. She is smart and calculated, hellbent on getting revenge against Hitler. Yet, at the same time, she has a soft side hidden under her armor that makes it impossible for you not to root for her.
The strength of the story lies in Yael’s relationships with the other competitors, specifically Felix and Luka. Each of these relationships are filled with secrets and lies as none of the other competitors know that Adele is actually Yael, and if she doesn’t play the part perfectly she’ll risk being discovered.
A gripping read from start to finish. This is a story that historical fiction fans (Elizabeth Wein fans specifically) will absolutely adore.