I’ve only read the first one of this series, and I will probably read the others, however it seems to have wrapped up all the questions in this book. That probably means new questions will be addressed in the other books.
Maggie Stiefvater has a unique interpretation of the werewolf myth. You still become one if you get bitten, but instead of the werewolf turning because of the moon, it actually turns because of the cold. If it gets below a certain degree, the transformation begins. After switching back and forth for several years, there will be one year when the person doesn’t regain his human form, and then they are a normal wolf for the rest of their lives.
The book is told from the perspective of both Sam and Grace. Sam is the werewolf, who saved Grace when she was little. Grace, ever since the attack, is obsessed with the wolves outside her home, particularly the one with yellow eyes (it’s no spoiler alert that the yellow-eyed wolf is Sam). When someone is bitten at her school and dies, the town starts a campaign to rid the wolves of their woodland home once and for all. Also, this may be Sam’s last human year, but there may be a possible, albeit dangerous, cure.
At first, the book seemed to be rushed to set up plot points. I felt like a lot of it was underdeveloped, but I understood the necessity of the rush by the end of the book. Stiefvater has a lot to tell you in a short amount of time. I do like how they took a more scientific approach to the myth instead of interweaving a lot of magic. It was a nice change from some of the other books I have read in the past (although don’t get me wrong, I love those books too). Definitely a recommend.