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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.

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


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