Dystopian fiction has surged in popularity in recent years, with books like The Hunger Games (2008) among the many Young Adult titles being devoured by younger and adult readers alike. There is a danger that the sudden influx of a genre in the marketplace, and the eagerness of authors to get their books into the hands of keen readers, will lead to a drop in the quality of writing, or to more predictable plot lines. 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.
Bec Kavanagh reviews 'The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf' by Ambelin Kwaymullina
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Walker Books, $19.95 pb, 400 pp, 9781921720086
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Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne based freelance writer, reviewer and young adult education specialist. Bec has worked on specialist literary events such as the A Thousand Words Festival. She speaks regularly about young adult fiction at professional development sessions, at school events and on Radio National’s Books & Arts Daily. She is currently working with the Stella Prize to set up a school’s program.
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