Original Title: The Call of the Wild Werewolf
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Bright Sons Media (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 178
First Sentence: “Buck Miller read the newspaper every day, but he still did not know that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water man, strong of muscle, from Puget Sound to San Diego.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Deciding to leave his easy life in Santa Clara Valley, Buck Miller, the son of a wealthy judge and raisin farmer, pursues gold riches in the Klondike. Before he reaches his destination, Buck is kidnapped by vampires, turned into a werewolf, and forced to work as the vampire’s sled dog.
Now, in an unfamiliar place and in an unfamiliar body, Buck must learn to survive more than just the brutal weather. With attacks from vicious werewolves and abuse from his masters, will Buck be able to regain his humanity or will he spend the rest of his days living as a wolf?
I really liked this book. I haven’t read the original novel by Jack London and you do not need to either. I have to say that I am definitely interested in reading the original now though.
This book was fun, fast paced and somewhat heart-breaking. It is a tale of finding ones place in the world and making the best of what life throws at you.
Buck is a man turned wolf and kidnapped in order to become a sled dog. We get to see his struggle to come to terms with his new life on four legs and how he navigates the uncharted territory of being in a sled dog team. Buck as a character is very likable and it is very easy to feel compassion for him. He is brave, strong and tries his hardest to be of use despite being there against his will.
As a reader, you are taken on an epic adventure and you won’t be bored for one second.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. I think retellings like this overall are a good idea to think of when being slightly afraid of approaching the old classics. It serves like a good gateway.