Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Saturday. Every Saturday I shine the spotlight on an Australian book that I think deserves to be read. Today I will be shining the spotlight on the YA dystopian ‘The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf.’ by Ambelin Kwaymullina.
The synopsis from Goodreads:
The Reckoning destroyed civilisation. Rising from the ashes, some people have developed unique abilities, and society is scared of them. Guided by the ancient spirits of the land, Ashala Wolf will do anything to keep them safe.
When Ashala is captured, she realises she has been betrayed by someone she trusted. When her interrogator starts digging in her memories for information, she doubts she can protect her people forever. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?
I thought this was a brilliant dystopian, unlike any other I’ve read before. I loved it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Ashala wolf has been captured and taken to a detention centre. She is the leader of the Tribe, a group of teenagers with special abilities who are deemed ‘illegals’. Neville Rose is in charge of the centre and he has a machine that can take memories out of people’s heads, and he is determined to get all the information out of Ashala that he can, and she is just as determined to stop him.
Justin Conner is right by her side as her guard, and he is the one who betrayed her. She trusted him, gave him access to the Tribe, just to be caught by him. Ashala loves him, and hates herself for being so foolish, and I felt the same love-hate for him as she did.
This book is about love in it’s varying forms: It is about love of the world and everything living in it; the love a leader has for her Tribe and the sacrifice a leader is willing to make to save her Tribe; and loving someone you shouldn’t.
Ashala is a great, strong, female lead, with spirit and heart, who puts others before herself. The novel is from her point of view and she stands on her own without the need of a strong male lead. All the characters are created with strong voices and personalities that make them feel real.
This story was full of twist and turns. I was gripped right from the very start and found it hard to put down. I thought the world building was good, and being Australian I loved that it was a dystopian set in Australia. (Well what would have been Australia hundreds of years before the reckoning.)
There was one part that had me gasping and crying and shaking my head in disbelief.
And then there’s the ending. It’s wrapped up with no real loose ends and no cliffhanger, but I found myself so invested in the Tribe that I am hanging out for the next one just as bad as if there had been a cliffhanger ending.
I highly recommend this to fans of YA dystopian and people who like stories about characters with abilities.
You can add it to your Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13552764-the-interrogation-of-ashala-wolf