This book totally inspired my life. I think I read it a hundred times the year I was eight. Then I ran away to live with the wolves, having learned everything I needed to know from Miyax.
Miyax is taken from her father at fishing camp and sent to school in a town, where she has to live with a mean relative. When she is thirteen she escapes by marrying the son of one of her fathers friends, where she works for his mother all day sewing authentic Eskimo stuff for the tourists. After a couple months her new husband tries to rape her, and she decides to run away to San Francisco, where her pen pal lives.
First she must walk across the tundra to the point where the ships sail from. On the way she gets lost in a storm, and has the fortune of being lost next to a den of wolves. She remembers everything her father ever taught her about wolves and survival. She builds herself shelter, fire, and eventually the wolves feed her. For the rest of the year she lives with the wolves. Her relationships with them are deep, complex, and realistic. The descriptions of her survival technologies are also specific and realistic.
After her year with the wolves, Julie stumbles upon the fact that her father is still alive. She leaves the wolves and goes to her father’s house. There she is faced fully with civilizations destruction of the wolves and the world, and her people’s participation in it. She walks away from her fathers house to spend the rest of her life living the way people are meant to live.
That’s where the first book ends, and that’s what I grew up loving. A few months ago I found the trilogy at a thrift store. I was sooo excited to find out there were sequels! The sequels were a little disappointing to a girl who’s life had been inspired by Miyax turning away from civilization to live with the wolves, but they are perceptive and well written. I definitely recommend the whole trilogy.
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