The post-apocalyptic world in The Wolf Road is fascinating but always in the background, and that’s okay, because the characters — especially Elka — are so captivating that the end-of-the-world setting just drops away.
The Wolf Road follows a young girl named Elka, who is one of the strongest female characters I’ve encountered in fiction, shaped by a tragic past in a tragic world. Her growth throughout the story is believable. She is independent, likeable, and flawed: a heroine that readers should get to know.
Elka loses her way as a very young girl and is adopted by a mysterious man she comes to know as Trapper and over a span of years, we see her grow from a precocious child to a precocious adult. She learns how to survive in the wilderness — in ways meticulously detailed by the author — but of course, Things happen and Elka finds herself on a journey filled with memorable characters and other Things that happen.
There are a few twists; some are predictable, some are not. The writing is smooth and the dialogue flows. This is a book that’s easy and fun to read. Go read it and fall in love with Elka.