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The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
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Aug 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: australian, sf, fantasy, ya
Read from August 27 to 29, 2012

I've heard people talk about this as fantasy, but it felt much more dystopic SF to me. It's probably a solid 3.5, but I round up for Aussie books, particularly debut novels (Kwaymullina has previous publications, but not novel length). I enjoyed the read, thought there were some fabulous ideas and great characters. I wasn't sold on the world-building, and the book suffered a little from the same problem that Veronica Roth's "Divergent" did, in that it was hard to believe the societal structure could be world-wide. The structure was really quite unusual, with a lot of the story taking place in flashbacks as memories, and a frequent quirk of the protagonist realising that something she had thought was true turned out to be something quite different. I think this will do well with the Hunger Games crowd looking for what to read next!
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Tsana Dolichva Interested to see how you like it. I thought it was great.

Tsana Dolichva I think what made the world building better in this for me was the part where the whole world was destroyed and all that was left was the bit they were in. I mean, the actual disaster was a bit odd and I'm not sure I bought it, but at least the rest of the world wasn't completely ignored.

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Alexandra Definitely dystopic end of the sf spectrum.

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