Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Meg Long’s Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves is a fierce, desperate, ultimately hopeful survival story about one teen’s journey across her treacherous planet in the most dangerous of races.
Actually every one of her days on planet Tundar is dangerous, not only because of its climate & weather or the predators lurking in its woods but also because Sena, the protagonist, is part scavver.
Scavvers are people who elect to live outside of the “corporate-run system” on Tundar—in a society governed by corporations & as the book repeatedly references, corporate greed, scavvers are treated with scorn, extreme prejudice, & hatred.
And now that Sena has run afoul of the major crime syndicate on her planet, she—& the fighting wolf she’s unintentionally formed a bond with—head out to join a scientific team on the race she’s said over & over again she wouldn’t enter since it’s the place her beloved mothers died.
The plot is difficult to summarize & it is intricate in the book but also explained well. Kudos to Meg Long for creating this world & society that feels innovative but also like a type of world that could exist 😬.
Exceptionally building the tensions that Sena faces & the brutality of the landscape & the people, Long tells a story that’s big on adrenaline. But it’s nicely balanced by emotion as Sena finds people & a wolf she can trust.
This is not a romance, romance friends, & FYI, it’s fairly gory & aggressive/violent with some instances of animals being hurt or not even killed, but it is a story that as I said earlier is ultimately hopeful & that ends on a real high for the protagonist.
I really enjoyed this one!
4.5 ⭐️. Release date: 1/11
Give me that HEA, please.
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