Grab any science fiction book and you’ll see they all have the exact same thing in common: the plots and devices of the stories are all predictable and never stray out of bounds. They hardly even push the envelope and, with great joy, I’m glad the author never got that memo. Here’s why: Wells adds magic to the mix. It’s a stroke of genius I’ve been waiting for Peter F. Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds to pull off to no avail.
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves.
Ten years later, she discovers that the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.
Hob Ravani isn’t only the leader of a mercenary biker gang on a quest to redeem herself because she did something stupid, but she’s also part of a select and very special breed known as a space ‘witch’.
Before you scoff consider this: other than a fun and easy space adventure, Hunger Makes The Wolf captivates us with two very different individuals thrust together by an unlikely turn of events as they brave the underbelly of renegade space – or at least the planet they’re currently on, known as Tanegawa’s World. Hob is a loud and rowdy character whereas Mag (the daughter of Hob’s recently deceased boss) gradually develops a quiet strength more durable than the coldness of space itself.
A typical start to grab the reader’s attention is the age-old adage of throwing them in the middle of the action and explaining as the story progresses: a tried and true method which never fails and which never disappoints in any genre. As the protagonist, Hob Ravani, learns to be a leader to these bedraggled people and her rebellion rises, the story takes a much-appreciated dip to allow cogs to click into place.
As the momentum of the story speeds up so does the plot, growing bigger and bigger. As their world and lives change, the characters are forced out of their shells to embrace the changes and challenges brought on by Hob’s fledgling rebellion.
With plenty of questions raised and plenty more room left for speculation, your patience will be highly rewarded if the sequel proves to be as good as the first.
Go check it out: Hunger Makes The Wolf – Alex Wells
NOTE: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.