Title: Cynetic Wolf (Wolfish #1)
Author: Matt Ward
It’s 2096, sixty years after ninety percent died from a man-made Bioplague. Humanity has splintered into four unequal subspecies: immortals, cyborgs, enhancers, and subservient half-human, half-animal hybrids.
The world is anything but equal. Hybrids everywhere are suffering, but sixteen-year-old Raek Mekorian, a wolfish with a nose for trouble, doesn’t see an alternative. Except the Resistance, who don’t stand a chance against the world government. His mom always said, “Keep your head down.”
And he does, until his sister is murdered by a pair of cyborgs. Overnight, his simple life is shattered, fracturing the rigid governmental caste as he is thrust into the dangerous world of superhuman hit squads, Resistance uprisings, and secrets better left unsaid.
With only built-in blasters and the advice of a mysterious professor, Raek must navigate crushing betrayal, self-doubt, and a limitless enemy whose evil knows no bounds.
The fate of mankind may rest in his hands.
Cynetic Wolf is best selling author Matt Ward’s YA dystopian sci-fi debut and features bloody immortality, post-apocalyptic progress, and gene editing that splinters the very fabric of society. If you like dark technothrillers, fast-paced adventure, and surprising sci-fi, are a fan of Divergent, Red Rising, or the Hunger Games, or love dystopia classics like the Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and Ender’s Game, you’ll love this speculative fiction thriller.
This. Was. Awesome.
In a world of science, hybrids roam the earth. For 16-year-old Raek, he’s the first of his kind. Not only is he wolfish but a cynetic too. His differences make him wanted by every group. When the war breaks out, Raek finds himself at a special place. He has the support of the hybrids and the rebels while the government wants to capture and destroy him. His leadership will either end the war for good or he’ll die trying.
The worldbuilding was absolutely phenomenal. In the future, the science experiments have led to cyborgs, hybrid animal/humans, and cynetics. Each group seems to suffer in their own way, and as the world continues on, things only get worse. I thought the detail of the science behind each group, and the creation of “cynetics” was extremely unique.
The main character was interesting because he was not only a hybrid but he was also a cynetic. Personality wise, he was a character I found it easy to relate to. He had self-doubts, but he always kept his mission at the front of his mind. There was something admirable about that especially since it wasn’t an easy thing for him to do.
Even though this is a YA book, the author had many layers of important thought fodder throughout. From human experimentation, to society and the way it classes people, to war, and the suffering that innocents can undergo from the fallouts of politics.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.