The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina – Book Review

 

It’s a dystopian world where there is only one continent, humans were all but wiped out and there are now just a handful of cities. Some people are born with gifts (such as Runners, who can run super-fast, Boomers who can create earthquakes, and Skychangers who can control the weather), but they are feared and imprisoned. Ashala Wolf is the leader of The Tribe, a group of young people who have managed to stay free and live in the Firstwood. This book comes in with Ashala captured by the evil Chief Administrator Neville Rose who is intent on using his machine to learn where The Tribe are so he can destroy them.  As I read this interrogation, I was wondering to myself why Kwaymullina had chosen to tell the story this way, which lead to a lot of exposition and not a lot of action, and then POW! Everything changes. Big time. I don’t want to give even a hint of how, because I loved the reveal and the way it led to the rest of the story. So good.