Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
Release date: March 8th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy
“Once upon a different time, there was a boy who raced through a kingdom of death.”
Sixteen-year-old Luka Lowe has one goal in mind: Win the 1955 Axis Tour and become the first Double Cross victor. If he can accomplish that, maybe his father will finally see him as a worthy son. He’s completed the grueling trek from Germania to Tokyo before, but this time is different. Luka never expected to meet Adele Wolfe, another racer posing as her twin brother and with a singular dream–to live life on her own terms.
When Luka and Adele form an alliance, an unlikely bond forms, and even possibly love. But only one person can win the Axis Tour….Can everything Luka and Adele built together survive the race?
This novella was fantastic! I loved Wolf by Wolf (it’s definitely one of my favourite reads this year) and when I finished I just needed more! The book left me with so many questions, especially about Luka Löwe. What exactly happened between him and Adele Wolfe? Well, this novella is that story!
Iron to Iron serves as a prequel to the events in Wolf by Wolf. It’s set during the 1955 Axis Tour and told from Luka’s point of view. I adored him in the novel. He’s quite complex and you never really knew what he was playing, so I really appreciated the glimpse into what made him tick. And Adele…she’s a firecracker! In Wolf we only saw her from a few pages, but here you can fully see how she was able to survive such a difficult event like a Europe to Asia motorcycle race. She’s frank and quick and feisty! I hope we get to see more of her in Blood for Blood when it’s released in November.
While Adele stood out, I felt so bad for Luka. Reading Wolf by Wolf you know what happened to him and it makes his actions in the novel even more heartbreaking. Poor Luka. But getting to know him better makes me hopeful that he will continue to play a major role in the sequel. The author really knows how to write characters that you can’t help but become emotionally invested in and I’m soooooo invested in Luka. My poor little heart!
I highly recommend this novella to those who enjoyed reading Wolf by Wolf. It’s a wonderful addition to Ryan Graudin’s world. The bad part? It’s made me even more impatient for the release of Blood by Blood (ahhhh November come faster)! I. NEED. IT. NOW!!!