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The Disappearance of Ember Crow

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By: Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Tribe book 2

Ashala Wolf has struggled since returning to the Tribe but she needs to leave the wolf pack where she has found solace and return to leading her people because her best friend Ember Crow has gone missing. Ashala will not rest until Ember is found and safe with friends. Ashala struggles to control her sleepwalking powers but sets out to do this regardless what she doesn’t know though could change things forever. Ember is trying to shield the Tribe from the most devastating thing she knows, her own past. Ember is hiding a bigger secret than any of them could ever guess at, and she is convinced once Ashala knows the truth she will never look at her the same.

This second book doesn’t loose any of the strength of the first. Ashala has cracks and slips, her flaws contribute to her strength at the centre of the story. The twist that is Ember’s secret is intriguing and there was simply no way to see it coming. This instalment drew me into this world alongside these people, even more than the first. The world Kwaymullina has created is a detailed and very easy to visualise, it is a wonderful world that has more than enough differences from many dystopian stories to make it stand out from the pack. The characters individually have their own journeys and they compliment each other, Ashala would be less than who she is without Ember, Jaz and Connor. Ashala may be what holds the story together but they each contribute value.

I really enjoyed this book and am eager to read the rest of the tale.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 November 2013

Format: Paperback 400 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Dystopian

ISBN 13: 9781921720093

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page.

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The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

9781921720086By: Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Tribe bk 1

Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose. She is in the hands of a man who will do everything he can to destroy her, for he believes in destroying her he will end The Tribe, the group of young runaways she is leader of. Ashala will not give up so easily. She is a leader who will do whatever she has to to protect her friends. Things don’t look good for Ashala, she is injured, has her ability to sleepwalk blocked by one of Neville’s gadgets and is about to be put on the very illegal Machine. If she succumbs her secrets will be given up to those she is fighting against.

A decimated world, with restricted technology and a fear of those who are different, may not be an usual backdrop but Kwaymullina has taken these familiar things and made it her own. Ashala is wonderful. She is strong, powerful in both ability and character. Justin Connor is a love interest with a difference and to say more  would give too much of the plot away. The story is layered, a complex thing revealed at the perfect pace to keep you engaged. I believe it’s a good thing when you don’t want to put a book down until it’s finished and this book was like that. It also has a touch of spiritual often associated with indigenous peoples, this natural empathy adds a unique and appealing dimension.

It has been included on several book awards short lists including the Aurealis Awards and the CBCa’s.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 July 2012

Format: Paperback

Categories: Fantasy, Dystopian,

ISBN 13: 9781921720086

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

 

Aurealis Awards – 2012 Finalists

The finalists of the 2012 Aurealis Awards have been announced and it is an awesome list that covers 13 categories. Now not all of the categories I’m going to list are kid’s and YA but some of these titles and authors are.

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Fantasy Novel

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Tor UK)

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)

Fantasy Short Story

“Sanaa’s Army” by Joanne Anderton (Bloodstones, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Stone Witch” by Isobelle Carmody (Under My Hat, Random House)

“First They Came” by Deborah Kalin (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 55)

“Bajazzle” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

“The Isles of the Sun” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

Science Fiction Novel

Suited by Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)

The Last City by Nina D’Aleo (Momentum)

And All The Stars by Andrea K Host (self-­‐published)

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)

Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Harper Collins)

Science Fiction Short Story

“Visitors” by James Bradley (Review of Australian Fiction)

“Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

“Beyond Winter’s Shadow” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Trouble with Memes” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club” by Kaaron Warren (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)

Young Adult Novel

Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)

And All The Stars by Andrea K. Host (self-­‐published)

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (Allen & Unwin)

Young Adult Short Story

“Stilled Lifes x 11” by Justin D’Ath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)

“The Wisdom of the Ants” by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)

“Rats” by Jack Heath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)

“The Statues of Melbourne” by Jack Nicholls (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56)

“The Worry Man” by Adrienne Tam (self-­‐published)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)  

Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)

Princess Betony and the Unicorn by Pamela Freeman (Walker Books)

The Silver Door by Emily Rodda (Scholastic)

Irina the Wolf Queen by Leah Swann (Xoum Publishing)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)

Little Elephants by Graeme Base (author and illustrator) (Viking Penguin)

The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator) (Penguin Group Australia)

In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator) (Ford Street Publishing)

Inside the World of Tom Roberts by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator) (Lothian Children’s Books)

 

I definitely have some favourites in this list but best of luck to all authors who made it this far. Can’t wait to see who the winners will be, they announce the winners on the 18th of May.

Lists – Australian Theme

Books about Australia, or with an Australian theme are also high on the request list, some times people just want something about home and sometimes they are looking to share a little of our culture with people overseas.

Are We There Yet? – Alison Lester

 Crow and the Waterhole – Ambelin Kwaymullina


In The City/Bush – Roland Harvey

To The Top End – Roland Harvey

Sam’s Bush Journey – Sally Mogan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Dan’s Grandpa – Sally Morgan

My Aussie Mum – Yvonne Morrison

Why I Love Australia – Bronwyn Bancroft

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