Iron to Iron
Once upon a different time, there was a boy who raced through a kingdom of death.
Sixteen-year-old Luka Lowe has one goal in mind: Win the 1955 Axis Tour and become the first Double Cross victor. If he can accomplish that, maybe his father will finally see him as a worthy son. He’s completed the grueling trek from Germania to Tokyo before, but this time is different. Luka never expected to meet Adele Wolfe, another racer posing as her twin brother and with a singular dream–to live life on her own terms.
When Luka and Adele form an alliance, an unlikely bond forms, and even possibly love. But only one person can win the Axis Tour….Can everything Luka and Adele built together survive the race?
This is a short novella set before Wolf by Wolf that gives up some much appreciated backstory on Luka Lowe, one of supporting characters in the first book. While Luka was mostly a shadowy, mysterious figure in the first book due to us seeing him through the eyes of someone who knows him only through files, this piece turns him into flesh and blood, a boy shaped by his cold father and the society surrounding him.
Luka starts off the book with one thing on his mind: winning. He believes that by winning the Double Cross (basically winning the Axis Tour race twice), he will finally show his father that he’s weak. Along the way, he meets Adele Wolfe and falls in love with her. He struggles with trying to figure out if this means he is weak or if his father just hadn’t ever felt this before which made him the weak one.
But Luka is betrayed in the worst way, heart crushed, dream crushed, and left hollowed out by the book’s end. He had everything he’d always wanted within reach and it was snatched away by the very person he was counting on to give him the life he always wanted.
Luka proves to be a very sympathetic, engaging character. He’s flash and spice on the outside but wounded and sad on the inside. He wants to be seen as good by his father and great by the Reich but he’s willing to throw it all away for a girl. This novella, while fleshing out the character, gives light to what motivates Luka in Wolf to Wolf. He’s a changed man, a harder man but there’s still that softness inside of him that yearns to be free.