Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf“There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below. . . . And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me.”

Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose. A man who is intent on destroying Ashala’s Tribe — the runaway Illegals hiding in the Firstwood. Injured and vulnerable and with her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to the machine that will pull secrets from her mind.

And right beside her is Justin Connor, her betrayer, watching her every move.

Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

I decided to read The Interrogation of Ashala Wolfwhen @RuruReads announced that they were holding a readalong. I had been hearing about the book for a long time, but I’d never thought of actually purchasing it.

It’s ownvoices Indigeneous Australian representation.

I thought I’d read a little every day and kind of join in with the readalong. I ended up finishing it in one day, because I could just not put it down! It was so good. After I’d finished reading it, I immediately added the sequels to my Goodreads TBR.

I loved how the story focussed on the power of friendship. It was wonderful to read about these detailed friendships and see how everyone supported each other.

I’d been thinking a lot about how our memories influence how we perceive certain situations and how they affect how we react, in the weeks before reading this book. This book came at just the right time, as this was one of the main themes. And it was fascinating, it added a lot of ideas to my thoughts.

The twist about memory was unexpected and executed very well. I couldn’t get the book out of my thoughts until I had read through the whole explanation of the twist.

There is ableist language, and one of the characters says that someone is mentally ill and thus evil.

My favourite quote:

“You can’t transform a society for the better with violence, Ashala. Only with ideas.”

I enjoyed The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf a lot. OH MY! It was awesome! I was so into the story, and I just wanted to keep reading! The sequels are very expensive in the UK though, so I’m going to wait for a sale.

Trigger warnings: death, murder, torture.

4 stars

Have you read The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf and the sequels? What did you think of them? Are the sequels worth buying?

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