Beth Lewis' The Wolf Road is a dark psychological detour in the mind of a girl surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Following Elka as she roams a world not-so-different from our own, surviving a harsh landscape, and dealing with harsh questions on the nature of humanity, good, and evil, along with the all-important question: what's for dinner?
Sensitive readers may be put off by topics such as assault, murder and cannibalism. Lewis also wrote the entire thing in the main character's vernacular accent, which can get tedious, and sometimes borders on the absurd patois of native speech in some older western films.
If you can get past that, the book is not a burdensome read — though it lacks the humor of Merbeth's Bite, or the realistic and dour detailing of McCarthy's The Road. Don't expect full realism here; its a rather brisk ride with a very unreliable narrator. On the whole, it's a decent book, hooking on a few curious ideas and a bit different from some of the other post-apocalyptic stuff I've read — in tone and style, if not subject matter.