About the Book:
Title: Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves
Author: Meg Long
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 11, 2022
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, YA Fantasy, YA Dystopian
After angering a local gangster, seventeen-year-old Sena Korhosen must flee with her prize fighting wolf, Iska, in tow. A team of scientists offer to pay her way off her frozen planet on one condition: she gets them to the finish line of the planet’s infamous sled race. Though Sena always swore she’d never race after it claimed both her mothers’ lives, it’s now her only option.
But the tundra is a treacherous place, and as the race unfolds and their lives are threatened at every turn, Sena starts to question her own abilities. She must discover whether she’s strong enough to survive the wild – whether she and Iska together are strong enough to get them all out alive.
A captivating debut about survival, found family, and the bond between a girl and a wolf that delivers a fresh twist on classic survival stories and frontier myths.
*I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
A solid debut from Meg Long. This was fun from start to finish. It’s perfect for fans of sci-fi/dystopian stories, and anyone with a sense of adventure.
Seventeen-year-old Sena has been coping with the grief of losing her mothers and has been pick pocketing to try to buy her way off her frozen planet of Tundar. After upsetting a local gang boss, Sena finds that she must flee with a wounded fighting wolf, as their lives depend on it. A team of scientists offer her a way off of Tundar on the condition that she gets them to the finish line of the planet’s infamous sled race. Sena never wanted to race as it had claimed her mother’s lives, but she sees no other option, so she accepts their offer.
The tundra where the race takes place is extremely treacherous, and their lives are threatened at every turn along the way. Sena begins to question her abilities and if she’s strong enough to do this. She must do everything she can, along with the wolf, to get them out of the race alive.
Sena is a great protagonist as she is definitely stubborn and headstrong. I loved watching her relationship with Iska, the wolf evolve through the story. I also like how the story explored the impact of exploiting natural resources and colonialism.
A great wintry read, perfect for this time of year! Be sure to check this one out.
About the Author:
Meg originally wanted to be a spy. Instead she somehow found herself teaching overseas in China and Malaysia before ending up in Colorado, where it snows entirely too much.
She taught middle and high school for eight years before jumping into the tech industry as a content designer. Her debut novel, COLD THE NIGHT, FAST THE WOLVES, will be released in 2022 from Wednesday Books. She was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2018 and a mentor in 2020-21.
When not reading or writing, she’s kicking things at her Muay Thai gym with her boyfriend, playing video games, or obsessing over Sailor Moon fanart.
Fun Facts: Meg likes Oxford commas, bossing her Roomba around, and people-watching at airports.