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The Tribe 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by [Kwaymullina, Ambelin]
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Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose, a man intent on destroying Ashala’s Tribe – the runaway Illegals hiding in the Firstwood. Injured and with her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to the machine that will pull secrets from her mind. And right beside her is Justin Connor, her betrayer, watching her every move.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is the first book in a thrilling new dystopian series by Indigenous Australian author Ambelin Kwaymullina. With a dollop of adventure and a dash of romance, it will grip young adult fiction readers from the first page. In 2012, this novel was short-listed in both the Science Fiction and Young Adult categories of the Aurealis Awards. Find out what happens next in The Disappearance of Ember Crow (Book 2) and The Foretelling of Georgie Spider (Book 3). Join The Tribe at

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf sets itself apart. It is a bitingly clever dystopia, highly imaginative. Where other books fall flat, this one stands out as a startling contemporary example of the dystopian genre … Ambelin Kwaymullina draws thoughtfully on dream, myth, and human nature to create this bleak alternative reality, and her book is utterly compelling.” – Australian Book Review

“It is superbly written and is highly recommended ... If I was a fortune-teller I'd predict that this book will be a major success with young adult readers.” – Magpies

“Highly recommended. For readers who love dystopian novels, or even those whose appetites are becoming jaded with the plethora that abound at the moment, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf opens up a new dimension in excitement and thought-provoking themes in this genre.” – ReadPlus

“This first teenage novel from an Indigenous author gives The Hunger Games an Australian run for its money … The writing is supple and confident and Ashala is an inspiring role model.” – SA Weekend

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a darn-good yarn. Kwaymullina offers a heartfelt Eco-Dystopian, with a simultaneous guessing-game plot as Ashala’s interrogation reveals the layers of her memory … Kwaymullina leaves Ashala (and readers) not on the precipice of a cliffhanger, but standing on the threshold of a daunting new world that is so intriguing and dangerous, readers will be counting down the days until they can return to Firstwood and Ashala’s Tribe.” – AlphaReader

“Need something different to read, something that’s more than just your average YA dystopian? Then find yourself a copy of The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf and discover your own sanctuary and place to feel safe, your own connection to the land you walk upon, and a debut young adult novel like no other. The Tribe is waiting; they need your support.” – Book Probe

“There is a wonderful sense of emotional connection to the land through Ashala which really appealed to me. While the thriller aspects of the story keep the pages turning, Ashala’s need to have a connection with her past and with her surroundings as well as her need to be true to herself and those she loves adds a real depth and thoughtfulness to the novel.” – Kids Book Review

“An intriguing mix of dystopian society and fantasy with a Dreamtime twist … A fascinating and enjoyable read, both complex and nuanced.” – The Intrepid Reader

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (1 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I had to read this book for school. Finished it that night. Would recommend it to everyone.10/10
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I had high hopes for this book, and while it didn’t quite meet them, I really appreciated the fact that it didn’t rely ono so many tired tropes that are prevalent in the YA dystopian genre.

Ashala Wolf is an Illegal, someone with an ability that allegedly causes a disruption to the Balance. She has been taken prisoner by Neville Rose, the Chief Administrator of Detention Centre 3, and is subjected to The Machine, which can harvest memories from a person’s mind. All the while, Justin Connor, her betrayer stands by… but all is not as it seems, including Ashala’s of her Tribe and her capture…

First of all, there is no love triangle in this book! I know! And on top of that, the dysoptia is not constructed around a regression to bygone sexist and racist ages. Anyone can be born with an Ability (Ashala’s is sleepwalking, and being able to do whatever she wants in her dreamstate; others can cause fires or earthquakes, heal others or alter memories), and there are people of all races and genders in Ashala’s Tribe. The same is true of Enforcers, Adminstrators and Citizens. So this book gets major props for that, because goodness me, I tired of those awful tropes.

There is a romance, but it was a bit ploddy, and never convinced me entirely. I think part of this is due to the structure of the book. Ashala believes things to be one way for a significant portion fo the story, but a revelation part way through completely changes the way she, and the reader, sees things, meaning a lot of her past is restructured as she comes to terms with it. While I liked this structural arrangement in terms of plot, it did mean the relationships between some of the characters got a little confused.

(^^ I hope that makes sense. I’m trying to be spoiler-free).
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Great read!!! I came in not expending much but really enjoyed the twists and the writing style. I also really enjoyed the world Ambelin has created, it was well thought out. The character were strong and kept in character throughout the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Total Must-Read! 3 November 2014
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I first read this book for a school challenge. During that time, I re-read this very book more than twice because I was so captivated. I honestly felt as if I were apart of the novel. Though, one downside, is the beginning. It's hard to catch on at first but after that beginning chapter, everything should start to develop out into a well written story that anyone can enjoy and fall in love with no matter how many times they read it.
I want everyone to know that, this book, is worth your time (even if you are one of those people who flick to the back to read the ending, which in my opinion, isn't enjoying the book and giving the author the credit they deserve for their efforts on writing the novel). The least you can do, is give this novel a try, and if it isn't what you are looking for, that's okay. Thank you for your time.
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful debut 1 June 2014
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A very enjoyable debut novel that manages to weave science fiction and spiritualism into one interesting story. Definitely an author to watch.

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