The Tribe 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Book 1 of The Tribe Series

Age 14+

Fantasy & Magical Realism Science Fiction Thrillers General Fiction

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“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?


Ambelin Kwaymullina loves reading sci-fi and fantasy books, and has wanted to write a novel since she was six years old. She comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. When not writing or reading she teaches law, illustrates picture books and hangs out with her dogs. She has previously written a number of children’s books, both alone and with other members of her family. Her first novel, The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, was short-listed in both the Science Fiction and Young Adult Fiction categories of the 2012 Aurealis Awards.


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The Age

This is a series that gets better as it goes – each idea is developed and the world-building is ON POINT. It’s so nice to see Australian YA making a hit with novels like this, especially ones that connect with Indigenous heritage as well. If you want a post-apocalyptic trilogy with a unique twist unlike anything else out there, then this is for you.

Genie in a Book

Feisty heroines looking to save the world are by no means losing their popularity, and their fans may wish to follow Ashala’s adventures.

BCCB Reviews

This is well-trod territory with familiar themes, but the author draws upon aboriginal Australian creation stories to bring much needed diversity to the genre.


This was nothing like The Hunger Games, but it had about it many of the qualities I loved about that series.

January Magazine

‘The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf’ is a darn-good yarn.

Alpha Reader

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is the first is a stunning new series, The Tribe, from first time novelist Ambelin Kwaymullina.

Aussie Reviews

Kwaymullina’s debut is absolutely breath-taking! … Fantastic characters, wonderful plot and beautifully written. Kwaymullina is a brilliant writer with a authentic and refreshingly YA voice, I can’t wait to see what she has install for us next!

Badass Bookie

Ambelin writes with a clear style and the story and tension build steadily throughout

Book Expo Australia

I honestly don’t know the words to properly describe this novel and exactly how great it is…

Book Savvy

keeps the reader in a page-turning frenzy

Buzz Words

The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf can be described in one word, awesome.

Diva Book Nerd

With strong and solid characters, a enchanting mix of the elements of nature and animals, Kwaymullina’s debut novel is absolutely not to be missed!

Forget Me Not

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a gripping read with little twists and turns that keep you guessing about what is coming next, and the tension and pace keeps up through the entire novel… This is one of my favourite reads for 2012

Genre Snobs Not Allowed

this book was as awesome as I expected it to be and then some… I adored every moment I spent in this world.

Happy Go Lucky and Lost

This is utterly brilliant dystopian spec fic.

Heidi Reads - a Librarians Blog

a brilliant dystopian, unlike any other I’ve read before. I loved it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Inside My Worlds

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf grabbed me by the nose and positively yanked me in.

Lauren's Loquacious Literature

I love this book so much! It is different to other young adult fiction that I normally read but I really enjoyed it.

Library Lover

An enjoyable story that I’d have no hesitation in recommending to a young adult audience.

Mark Webb

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a refreshing, futuristic adventure, full of twists and turns.

My Best Friends Are Books

Kwaymullina has a unique and powerful voice, one that blends together a tense science fiction/adventure with a thoroughly envisioned world view and mythology that has echoes of Aboriginal beliefs

Random Acts of Reviewing

Ambelin creates a gripping book, full of suspense. We can’t wait for the second of The Tribe series.

Small Puddles

a fascinating and enjoyable read, both complex and nuanced.

The Intrepid Reader

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a unique Australian dystopian with a thrilling plot and a cast of realistic and loveable characters. I’d recommend this to all fans of dystopian and paranormal YA.

Vegan YA Nerds

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf sets itself apart. It is a bitingly clever dystopia, highly imaginative. Where other books fall flat, this one stands out as a startling contemporary example of the dystopian genre

Australian Book Review

Stunning plot twists that will have fans gasping for the next instalment of The Tribe, a series which promises to be the new teen must-read. . . With a storyline that moves between past and present, introduces a cast of vibrant characters and embraces themes like social injustice, alienation, the environment and the misuse of power, it soon becomes clear that this is original and exciting writing

Lancashire Evening Post


Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel
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