Book Review: The Wolf Wilder

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“[A] wolf who cannot howl is like a human who cannot laugh.”

I originally picked this The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell for research on wolves and wilderness for the book I will eventually begin writing. I definitely wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Katherine Rundell’s writing, charismatic characters, and message.

The book begins with Feo, a young wolf wilder, living in seclusion in the snowy woods of Russia with her mother, also a wolf wilder, and her three wolves Black, White, and Grey.

Now I’m sure you’re asking yourself what a wolf wilder is exactly, and the answer is quite simple: it is a person who re-wilds a wolf that has been, for lack of a better word, tamed. The wolves are subjected to humiliating and terrible treatment by Russian nobles who see the animals as toys. Once the nobles tire of the wolves, they are either sent to be killed or secretly sent to a wolf wilder in hopes that they can be re-introduced to the wild.

The story really begins when the Russian military, under the terrible Rakov, orders that they cease wilding wolves or face death. Feo’s mother, Marina, and Feo put up quite a fight but Marina is eventually taken to Kresty Prison. Feo must then travel with her three trusty wolves, and a trusty human, across the wilderness to rescue her mother from certain death.

Katherine Rundell turn a so-called children’s book into a tear-inducing revolutionary book. I mean, I cried over a child’s friendship with a wolf! This book is vivid and full of emotions you’d never think one book could make you feel.

Sometimes I like spoiler-y things so here’s a more in-depth review of The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell.

P.S. This was book two in my attempt to read more this year! I set a kind of low goal of 10 books for 2016, but you’ve gotta start somewhere! You can follow my reading challenge on Goodreads.

Have you read The Wolf Wilder? What did you think?

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