A Place for Wolves

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Diverse Voices / Young Adult - MYA ALEXICE

Kosoko Jack­son Source­books Fire (APRIL) Hard­cover $17.99 (320pp) 978-1-4926-7365-1, YOUNG ADULT FIC­TION

Kosoko Jack­son’s A Place for Wolves cen­ters on a young gay cou­ple dur­ing the bru­tal Kosovo War, pulling from his­tory for a grip­ping story of hu­man­ity pushed to its lim­its. Though geared to­ward young adults, it doesn’t hold back on de­pict­ing the bru­tal re­al­i­ties of war. The stakes are high and pal­pa­ble, mak­ing for a riv­et­ing thriller.

James Mills’s par­ents travel to var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian aid. This time, they’ve brought James along, and to a coun­try he’s barely heard of: Kosovo. James’s orig­i­nal dreary out­look shifts when he meets a fel­low for­eigner, To­mas, and the two fall in love. But when civil con­flict erupts, every­thing falls apart around James and To­mas. Men with guns run wild, bombs ex­plode, and death sur­rounds them at ev­ery turn. They stick to­gether, fac­ing the hard­est de­ci­sions of their lives as cir­cum­stances grow more and more bleak.

A Place for Wolves of­fers brief respite from its se­vere vi­o­lence through the let­ters that James sends to his sis­ter, re­count­ing life be­fore the con­flict, in­clud­ing how he and To­mas fell in love. Their re­la­tion­ship pro­pels the story. It is a strong and fiery love that is only made more pow­er­ful un­der pres­sure.

James nar­rates—straight­for­ward but still emo­tive as he grap­ples with the per­son he be­comes in light of the war. In­for­ma­tion about the war it­self is sparse; there isn’t much con­text given for the vi­o­lence James sees, and the war reads more like fic­tion than his­tor­i­cal fact.

A pierc­ing his­tor­i­cal thriller that rarely lets you up for air, A Place for Wolves re­veals that, when peo­ple are pushed to the brink, hu­man con­nec­tions are the only thing left to hold on to.

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