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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Booksparks #PopUpBlogTour: The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

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It all started with an email INVITATION...
...continued with the arrival of a MYSTERIOUS package...
...and pressed forward ever more as I realized it was time for another...


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It's time for another FABULOUS #PopUpBlogTours thanks to the wonderful folks at Booksparks who are eager to put YOU right there with the best of the best of recently released titles.  Take today's for's a tale of things that COULD be, but whether they SHOULD be or not is an entirely different question.  I say it's a bit self-made apocalypse, mixed with dystopian elements, a healthy dose of survival, and a heaping scoop of Maze Runner for flavor.  Trust me, it may sound like an acquired taste but it was REALLY good.  On that note, let's get to the nitty gritty!  Ladies and gents, today's book of choice is...

Tyrell Johnson

About the book...
A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path.

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter.

Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.


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What do you do when society has crumbled to the point of near-extinction leaving a seemingly endless white wilderness in its wake where only the strong survive?
Simple....SURVIVE...only it's not THAT simple.

Lynn and her makeshift family are alive in the frozen North.  How many others are left after the world fought itself only to pretty much kill itself is a riddle they can't bother to answer for every day is another day full of strife, struggle, and the monotonous task of simply seeing another day.  Though their numbers are few, the obstacles are plenty; from worsening weather to lack of food to a-holes on a power trip that totally deserve any bad thing that happens to them to the remains of the powers that be zeroing in on those they find...interesting.  Curious?  You should be because the arrival of a stranger in their midst is going to signal the beginning of the end...of the lifestyle they've grown accustom to, of the fragile peace they have found, and of the lives of a few they call family.  It's a dangerous world out there, but sometimes the greatest danger comes from within.

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I was HOOKED on this one, right from the start.  It's bleak and foreboding setting.  The heinous side of the civilized turning truly cruel all in the name of "hope" (and I use that in quotation marks simply because it wasn't hope for all but for some).  Lynn was a great leading lady, full of inner strength, and determination, but not without faults.  Jax, her eventual co-conspirator of sorts, may be using more of his brain than most, but still has a lot to learn about human interaction.  Again, no one was perfect, even if engineering was involved on some level.  (Nope...not telling!) 

The scary part is that the world presented here isn't that hard to believe.  The circumstances that created the unending winter, the raging infections with no cures, the search for an answer but only for the highest bidder...none of it is beyond believe.  The author does a great job putting us right there in the midst of everything and showing us the darkness of humanity without snuffing out the potential for light.  Good and evil are always's the choice we make that have one or the other come forth.  So make the choice...take a chance on this debut author and a story you won't soon forget.


About the author...

© Josh Durias
Tyrell Johnson is a twenty-nine-year-old writer and editor who grew up in Bellingham, Washington. He received his MFA from the University of California, Riverside, where he studied fiction and poetry. An avid outdoorsman, he currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, northeast of Vancouver with his wife, two kids, and a Siberian husky. The Wolves of Winter is his first novel.


Special thanks to the #PopUpBlogTour Booksparks team for the fabulous chance to participate in this promotion and to HarperTEEN for the ARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or the next big thing from Booksparks, click through the links provided above. This title just released at the beginning of the month, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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