We Were Wolves by Jason Cockcroft

Book Review #508

Title: We Were Wolves

Author: Jason Cockroft

Publisher: Andersen Press

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Format: ARC

Source: Pansing

Publication Date: May 6, 2021

Pages: 216

Boy lives in a caravan on his own in the woods. His dad, John, is in prison and promises to get out soon. All the boy needs to do is survive alone for a little while longer.
But dark forces are circling – like the dangerous man in the Range Rover, who is looking for his stolen money. And then there are the ancient forces that have lain asleep in the woods for an age…

We Were Wolves is a story about a boy’s estrange relationship with his dad who lives in a caravan in the woods. This is their story of running away from the past, a wicked man and the sacrifices they have to make in order to make their ideals come true. This story is vague, slow paced and confusing at times.

I don’t know why but it just feels like this book is written for middle graders. So, in my mind I kept thinking that the main character is a few youngers than he actually is. I think his immature and mysterious behaviour might have played a part as well. Honestly, this doesn’t change anything but merely how I perceive it.

As I said before, this story is very vague and filled with metaphors and comparisons that there isn’t much happening after all in the entirety of the book. If you stay close enough attention, you might have already got the entire plot from the first few chapters. Everything that happened took its sweet time and it was really slow that I wish it could have been packed in with so much more.

I really like the writing style and it is pretty well written. This story focuses more on the writing than the overall story and sometimes that’s just how certain books are meant to be. It’s full of mystery and indistinctness so you’ll just have to follow along the boy’s story, Mol and John as they navigate their complicated life and away from whatever is troubling them.

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