What is the price of vengeance? After reading Wolves, I would have to say that it is your soul.
Every once in a while, I find a book that I connect with on multiple levels - a book that speaks to me, pulls me into the lives of the characters and leaves me craving more. Wolves is one such book. Many times as I was reading, my wife would ask me, “How is your book?” All I could say in response was, “Dark.” There is no bubble gum, princesses or sparkly unicorns in Wolves (not that I expected there to be). It is about dangerous people living in an even more dangerous time.
What is it about Wolves that captivated me so much? I would have to say it was Huxley. He is my go-to type of protagonist. Huxley is, or was a good man, but circumstances have left him jaded and changed. Violence and loss have made Huxley a new, different man; one that wouldn’t even be recognized by the old Huxley. I was riding right along with Huxley on his road of terror and hatred. Several times, I found myself wondering what I would do if this happened to me, would I lose myself?
Even in the darkest books, I usually like to have some comic relief. I find it helps to level things out and keep things from getting too heavy. Wolves has none, it didn’t need any comic relief. It would have been disrespectful to the story, and I respect Molles for it.
Wolves is not only a story about vengeance, it is about hope, hatred and redemption. It looks into the human soul to see if there is anything salvageable there.
This is my first book by D.J. Molles. I can only hope that he hasn’t set the bar too high for his other books that have now jumped up on my TBR list.