The Tribe book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
I found this novel for tenagers fascinating to read but difficult to hold in my head. I was never sure where I was in the story as nothing that happens is what it seems. It is like that old Patrick McGoohan TV series of the 1960’s called The Prisoner. I never knew what was happening in that either.
In a dystopian world where the Reckoning has occurred people are under strict control by a Government that does not tolerate difference. Chief Administrator and total monster Neville Rose would have that it is for the common good but all dictators say this.
Ashala leads a group of children mostly who are well different. They are The Tribe and they live in harmony with the animals in Firstwood. Ember can change memories, Georgie can predict the future and Ashala can be menacing when she sleepwalks in dreamtime.
Ashala escapes the city with a boy called Jazz who flees into the grasslands which are ruled by mind talking Saurs. Ashala is betrayed by an old Tribe member Justin Connor and taken in for interrogation by Neville Rose.
From this point on nothing is as it seems. It is a little like Aboriginal Dreamtime and legend and the mind control of Orwell’s 1984.
Give it a try. Sophisticated readers of fiction will get a lot out of this novel.