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The interrogation of Ashala Wolf, Ambelin Kwaymullina

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The interrogation of Ashala Wolf
Title
The interrogation of Ashala Wolf
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Ambelin Kwaymullina
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The Reckoning destroyed civilisation and humanity has had to rise from the ashes. But there are now people with abilities - Flyers, Firestarters, Rumblers ... and society is scared of them. The government calls them Illegals. Ashala Wolf protects a group of Illegals. They hide together in the Firstwood and she'll do anything to keep them safe. When Ashala is captured, she realises she has been betrayed by someone she trusted. Now she only has herself. But when Neville starts digging in her memories for information, she doubts she can protect her people forever ... will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?
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Award
Westchester Fiction Award, 2015.
Review
  • Grades 8-11 It has been centuries since the Reckoning’s floods restored balance to the world by destroying most of humankind. Government accords now control every aspect of society, and citizens are tightly controlled, especially those possessing unexplained telekinetic abilities. Ashala Wolf, leader of the Tribe, an escaped group of Illegals, uses her sleepwalking ability to monitor government activities and keep the Tribe hidden. After a reconnaissance mission ends in capture, Ashala is subjected to interrogations using a dangerous device that will extract her memories and reveal the Tribe’s location. To save her people, Ashala must rely on her only ally in detention center 3 to escape, but can she trust the very person who betrayed her? This genre-blending story will satisfy a wide range of readers. While character development takes a backseat to the plot-driven narrative, the multilayered story will keep teens guessing until the end. This is well-trod territory with familiar themes, but the author draws upon aboriginal Australian creation stories to bring much needed diversity to the genre. -- Hayes, Summer (Reviewed 04-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 16, p49)
  • Gr 7 Up — This debut YA novel and series opener by indigenous Australian Kwaymullina is set in a postapocalyptic Australia where humanity's abuse of the environment has caused a societal and environmental chaos called the Reckoning. Ashala Wolf is one of many young people who have developed strange abilities, such as causing earthquakes, manipulating clouds and the weather, and traveling through time and space in dreams. The government fears people with these abilities, who are referred to as Illegals, and rounds them up for detention in facilities rumored to host terrifying experiments. The narrator, a Sleepwalker, is one of the leaders of the Tribe, a group of Illegals who have evaded capture by hiding in a wilderness area that is home to intelligent, carnivorous reptiles and sentient plant life. When the teen is lured into town and seemingly betrayed by fellow Tribe member Justin Connor, she is arrested and forced into the most frightening detention center of all, where she is hooked up to a machine that will reveal her every thought and secret, endangering her organization. But things are not as they seem, and Ashala's Sleepwalking ability may help her save her people and other Illegals. This is a creative take on some well-worn tropes of the genre: repressive government, youth with unusual powers. The world-building is particularly interesting, as the author incorporates elements of the aboriginal creation story of the Dreamtime and Grandfather Serpent into the protagonist's visions. Give this one to dystopia fans who are looking for a unique perspective.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ --Kathleen E. Gruver (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p168)
  • Kwaymullina’s first American publication combines elements of Peter Pan, A Clockwork Orange, and the X-Men in an eco–fairy tale about children with “abilities” who run away to the Firstwood and live as the Tribe, in harmony with the trees and animals. They’re hunted by corrupt and rule-obsessed adults from the cities, who lock the children up and torture them with the goal of stamping out their abilities and bringing all humanity into the Balance, an ideology born out of ecological apocalypse. Sixteen-year-old Ashala, leader of the Tribe, is one such captive, betrayed by Conner, the beautiful boy she fell in love with, who becomes her jailer. Something called “the machine” is used to rip memories from Ashala’s mind and force her to betray the Tribe. Much of the story is told in these memory flashbacks, which are often evocative, realistic vignettes. It‘s only the larger moral setup that disappoints: the novel operates within a framework of rigid absolutism, with adult figures morally compromised or unequivocally evil, or both, while only children have the legitimacy of a genuine connection to the Earth. Ages 12–up. Agent: Tara Wynne, Curtis Brown Australia. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 3, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 05, p)
  • A dystopian adventure from Australia breaks the mold. Betrayed, then captured by Connor, a Detention Center enforcer posing as a sympathizer to the so-called Illegals, Ashala steels herself for harsh questioning. The center is rumored to have a new tool, a machine that can pull and search memories from the minds of prisoners. Ashala's terrified she'll expose the Tribe that depends on her—children born with extraordinary powers into a world that sees them as a threat to the precarious ecological Balance that's endured since a cataclysm nearly ended life on the planet. Most children with these abilities are forced into lifelong detention, their powers muted. Ashala was able to hide her Sleepwalking abilities; her little sister, a Firestarter, wasn't so lucky. The inferno that ensued killed her and their parents and prompted Ashala's escape to the grasslands and forest beyond the city. Ashala has depended on the counsel and friendship of Georgie, who sees possible futures; Ember, whose complex gift involves working with memory; and Connor, whom she trusted. But as the machine does its work, Ashala finds unexpected strength inside what she re-experiences. All is not as it seems as the plot unwinds into the past. The indigenous Australian author draws from a vast, rich cultural tapestry that will be new to many readers. If an "exhilarating dystopia" strikes you as oxymoronic, this vivid, original debut just might change your mind. (Fantasy. 12-18)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10143452
Cataloging source
AU@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
Index
no index present
Intended audience
For young adults
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The tribe
Series volume
bk. 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Future life
  • Science fiction, Australian
  • Psychic ability
  • Future life
  • Psychic ability
  • Fantasy
  • Superheroes
  • Superheroes
  • Dystopias
  • Dystopias
  • OACC Senior fiction
  • Dystopias
  • Psychic ability
  • Novel
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The interrogation of Ashala Wolf, Ambelin Kwaymullina
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • A novel
  • Sequel: The disappearance of Ember Crow
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000047962191
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
395 pages
Isbn
9780763669881
Isbn Type
(hardback)
System control number
(OCoLC)759165404
Label
The interrogation of Ashala Wolf, Ambelin Kwaymullina
Publication
Note
  • A novel
  • Sequel: The disappearance of Ember Crow
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000047962191
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
395 pages
Isbn
9780763669881
Isbn Type
(hardback)
System control number
(OCoLC)759165404

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