Among Wolves is a post-apocalyptic suspense novel set in the U.S. It’s what I would call skinny science fiction. You know, like a skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks — just like a regular vanilla latte but without all the fat and sugar. This is science fiction without very much science. Which, for me, was totally fine. This story is much more about the development of the main character, Gabriel, than it is about the circumstances surrounding the post-apocalyptic setting. I only mention this because I noticed some reviewers were very peeved about the lack of hard science. So, something to keep in mind.
As I mentioned, this novel, which is the first in the series, Children of the Mountain, follows Gabriel, a teenage boy who goes out scavenging for the folks living in Eden, an old army bunker housing what’s left of humanity. His ambivalent nature was seriously frustrating at the beginning, but his character does evolve throughout into someone I might call heroic. Or, at the very least, someone who was pushed to the edge and rose to the occasion.
Many of the other characters were rather sparsely fleshed out, but that didn’t bother me either. Hakok’s writing style propelled me through this story (once I finally found time to focus on it). In fact, after I got going on my e-reader, instead of reading on my app on my desktop, I flew through this. The antagonist, the former president of the United States, is a REAL piece of work. He is like a televangelist who was given complete power over the world. Terrifying. There are good guys, bad guys, and some who fall in between, and there are also some good guys who I thought were bad guys, but surprise!
I can’t wait to find out what happens to the group of kids who entered Eden at the age of six and have never been outside in the ten years since (except for Gabriel). If I can get my hands on a copy of the second novel in the series, The Devil You Know, expect a review of it shortly. 😀