Author: Ryan Graudin
Category: YA, Dystopia
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Adolf Hitler won World War II. It is now 1956 and the resistance against the Third Reich is planning their revolution. The start of the revolution depends on……..a motorcycle race???
The Axis Tour is a 20 person motorcycle race spanning three continents, from Germany to Japan celebrating the strength of the youth of the Third Reich. The resistance’s plan is for 17 year old Yael to skinshift herself to look like last year’s winner, Adele Wolfe. If she wins she will invited to the Victor’s Ball, one of only two times a year that Hitler makes a public appearance. Last year, Hitler danced with Adele Wolfe at this ball so the resistance bets it he would again if “Yael-as-Adele” wins again.
There are a whole lot of “if”s in this plan and the likelihood that a resistance movement against Hitler would rest their entire existence on a teenager winning a motorcycle race known for brutality and spanning three continents in which anything can go wrong is…..dubious at best.
However, if you’re able to suspend your disbelief at the odds of something like this ever actually becoming an actionable plan, this really is not a bad story.
A “what if Hitler won” story with a supernatural twist. I had a really good time reading this book. I found the characters very engaging and I liked Yael’s struggle to conceal her identity and the drama that ensued there.
The author takes the time to address the issues that caused winning the race to become the most viable plan so it is not completely unbelievable when it is all said and done and the suspense of the race is built up really well and absolutely enjoyable to read.
History has always been one of my favorite subjects. World War II being a definite favorite of mine. When I saw the plot I was immediately intrigued and excited. I get shape-shifting and a historical fiction about killing Hitler?! Sign me up!
With Germany winning the war, the world is a new place and seeing this strict, Nazi world is just awesome. I like that we get to see into the what ifs and how the world would be different if we lost WW2.
The race that Yael races in is fun and heart pounding at times when she is in danger. I loved not being stuck in one area of this changed world, and exploring other countries that were changed due to the outcome of the war.
The characters themselves were OK. Yael is a strong lead that I don’t question her actions at any turn, even if I disagreed with her. She has clear goals and a lot of crap she has to deal with. But the rest seem to fade into the back round for me. I am just trying to put into words about anyone else but they all felt really cookie cutter characters. None of them are memorable to me.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. The setting, story, and the main character are what really stand out for me. Nothing else is bad about this book, but nothing else stands out either. If you like historical fiction and don’t mind a little bit of supernatural then I recommend it fully.