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Monday, 11 November 2013

Review: The Disappearance of Ember Crow (The Tribe #2)

It feels like I was waiting a very long time to get my hands on the second book in Ambelin Kwaymullina’s wonderful The Tribe series. I read the first book, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, (KBR review here) back in July 2012 when it was first released and was keen to see how Kwaymullina further developed this interesting dystopian sci-fi storyline.

I am delighted to say that the second book, The Disappearance of Ember Crow, lived up to my high expectations and I am now once again waiting impatiently for the story to continue. After such a long break, it did take me a couple of chapters to get the characters and plot clear in my mind once more, but the pace soon picked up and I found it difficult to put the book down.

The Disappearance of Ember Crow contained some unexpected twists that have given even greater depth to the themes and plotlines developed through the series so far.

With the second book in the series, readers learn more about the world as it now is, the way the communities function and the growing movement to reverse the Citizenship Accords, the laws that prevent Illegals, those possessing super abilities, from being able to take part in society. While The Reckoning, a global disaster, still remains a vague although obviously cataclysmic event, we are also offered more information on the background of Alexander Hoffman, the man who lead the world through The Reckoning and the dark days that followed.

The book is entertaining, engaging and certainly offers moments of suspense for those looking for an interesting YA sci-fi series with a difference. For those who prefer more thoughtful, thought-provoking stories, The Tribe offers plenty of opportunities to consider deeper themes such as identity, the role of technology in society, the definition of humanity, environmental issues, our deeper connection with the environment, and our personal and spiritual heritage.

I have found both books of The Tribe to be fascinating reading and will now continue my impatient wait for the release of further books in this series.

Title: The Disappearance of Ember Crow (The Tribe #2)
Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921720093
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction

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