- Series: The Ghost Wolves (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot; New edition edition (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857666479
- ISBN-13: 978-0857666475
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“THIS. WAS. MAGNIFICENT. An absolute riot of a SF/fantasy alt-Western, set on a remote desert world where a greedy technology corporation is coming up against both magic and the power of unionising. Also biker witches and female friendships. This book *rocks*.”
– KJ Charles, author of The Magpie Lord
“It is a rare thing, when a second book from an author surpasses the excellence of the first. I did not expect to be so swept away, but Blood Binds the Pack is a tremendous story. Everything you loved about Hunger Makes the Wolf is here – the weird west setting, the charming characters, the fight for lives and loves. But everything in Blood Binds the Pack elevates all that came before.”
– E Catherine Tobler, author of the Folley & Mallory series
“Blood Binds the Pack is a hell of a space western. It ramps to an explosive conclusion—one whose resolution comes a little bit out of nowhere. But on the whole, this is an enormously fun book, and I sincerely hope to see many more books from Alex Wells in the future.”
“Creative, angry, and joyous in equal parts, I can’t wait to see what Wells serves up next.”
– Binge on Books
“At the risk of sounding like I’m gushing, I properly loved this book!”
– Helen Lindley
“Blood Binds the Pack will take you on a high-octane ride across the sands of Tanegawa’s World with Hob’s misfit band of mercenaries. It’s a lot of fun to read and stands out as something a bit different. Recommended to anyone that likes sci-fi based future fun and action.”
– Helen’s Bookshelf
“This is an action-packed thriller, but it also explores issues of those who seek equality and justice from those who control in an impossible situation.”
– Strange Alliances
“Combine vivid characters undergoing moral dilemmas, add intense dangers in well-described action sequences, and you get a very enjoyable read.”
– Templeton Gate
“If you’ve been looking for something like the Colorado Coalfield War IN SPAAACE WITH EXTRA ADDED PSIONICS! then this may be what you want.”
– James Davis Nicoll
“There is a distinctive sensation I get from visiting Tanegawa’s World, the planet where Alex Wells’ Hob Ravani novels are set – like walking against the wind, sand grinding between my teeth. It’s a pitiless, unrelenting tableau of salt and grit and thirst, and, like the best planets, its inhabitants are at the mercy of its disposition. It shapes your body, colonizes your mind.”
– The 1000 Year Plan
Praise for Hunger Makes the Wolf
“While the backdrop may be arid and dusty, Alex Well’s debut is lush with ideas, characters and invention. A story of chosen families, the different battlefields we choose and that are chosen for us and what it means to be more or less than human, Hunger Makes The Wolf does the near impossible; takes a sub genre that was looking largely played out and uses it as the foundation stone for something new, rich and strange.”
– Winner of The Kitschies’ Golden Tentacle Award for Best Debut 2017
About the Author
Alex Wells is a writer, geologist, and sharp-dressed sir. They’ve had short stories in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, and more. Alex is a host on the popular Skiffy and Fanty podcast, where they talk about movies and other nerdy sci-fi and fantasy things.
Author hometown: Denver, Colorado
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This second book in this (apparent) duology keeps the focus on Hob, "witchy" leader of a mercenary biker gang on a desert planet lightyears away from Earth (and government oversight), and on Mag, equally (but differently) "witchy" organizer of a labor movement trying to help the miners who've been oppressed by the TransRift Corporation - owners of the planet and virtually everything on it. Two very different women with very different motivation, yet their friendship is a central focus of both characters. I liked that - female friendship isn't often a guiding factor in a sci-fi novel.
The supporting cast is interesting, ranging from a biker whose grip on himself/reality has recently become rather tenuous, to a woman whose witchiness has led her to elective muteness because she's afraid of the scream that will come out if she tries to speak, to an inhuman creation little understood, even by those who had a hand in his creation, to a smooth government functionary who thinks almost solely of the duty he was bred to carry out, with several other interesting characters rounding out the pages.
I don't want to give away any spoilers here, so I won't give any details about the conclusion that the plot rockets toward at the speed of a space bike on the salt flats, but I found it mostly satisfying. It fits the characters and their story. There's wiggle room left to continue, to give us more Hob and Mag and Coyote and Bone Collector, if Wells should choose... but the story stands complete to this point. And it was a fun ride to get there.
All in all, an enjoyable book and a fitting sequel for its predecessor. I'll be on the lookout for other things by this author. He's got a knack for writing stories that are just plain fun to read.
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
How do you follow-up a book like Hunger Makes the Wolf? Which took the elements of a biker-gang, oppressed miners (and other blue-collar types), magic, space travel, and corporate greed to create an action-packed, fun, suspenseful and surprising read. Well, you take that foundation, and build on it to create a book that takes those elements and does a better job with them.
The pressure on TransRift Corporation is mounting (even when they don't realize it), especially on their operations base on Tanegawa’s World. There's a growing level of unrest with the miners -- which they respond to in a way that hasn't worked for anyone since the opening of Exodus. There's the constant need for more resources, if possible, resulting in stronger and more efficient product. The government is sniffing around, wondering about what they're up to and how they're treating people. Meanwhile, the loose organization of miners in each city is getting stronger as are the ties between them. All in all -- it's a powder keg ready to blow.
Not having to create a world, Wells is able to spend more time on characters this time (at least that's my impression -- it's not like I was dissatisfied with the characters in Hunger). We see depths and shadings of character in people I wasn't sure where capable of depths and shadings -- and if we get that from beings like that, imagine what we get from the more fully-formed people.
When writing about the last book, I said that I wanted more with the Ghost Wolves as a whole, to get a better feel for them. I got that this time -- but not quite enough. I'm not sure what it would've taken, however. They seem more cohesive as a unit -- Hob taking to leadership, and the Wolves taking to Hob. It's a fascinating group -- and one I clearly can't get enough of.
There were plenty of mysteries, questions, enigmas wrapped in each other about the nature of the Weathermen, the Bone Collector, Hob's abilities (and those of others, too) and what TransRift Corporation has found in the mines left over from Hunger -- and Wells doesn't answer them all. Are some things clarified? Are some things better understood? Yup. Does everything get spelled out for the reader? Nope. I love the fact that there's a whole lot that we don't get to wrap our brains around, but that we just have to accept -- just like the characters. But it's done not in a way that you feel unsatisfied with what you're given.
There's even a little bit of sweetness to be found in friendship, family, and romance. Not so much that it becomes a "kissing book" or anything, it's just an added touch.
I find the politics a little hard to swallow and simplistic -- but I can't think of the politics of any SF book/world that don't strike me this way, honestly. At least not once they get beyond the most vague notions. I'm only mentioning it because it seems that important to the novel. Which is not to say that it detracts from things too much -- if I can suspend disbelief enough to buy the capabilities of the Weathermen, or a fire-throwing, one-eyed, space-biker; I can buy whatever the workers on Tanegawa’s World try to replace the corruption they've suffered under.
I get the feeling that this is going to be a duology -- there might be more stories to tell with the Ravani, or Tanegawa’s World, but they probably won't be as closely tied to these two. I'm satisfied with a duology -- we got a complete story and a very satisfying one. Wells started strong and ended stronger -- can't ask for more than that.
I'm excited to talk about this book and I want to say a whole lot more -- and feel like I should. But I'm not sure what else to say without giving anything away. Hunger Makes the Wolf was one of my favorites last year, and this is better. Ultimately, there's not much more to say than that.
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