The marrow thieves

Cherie Dimaline, 1975-

Book - 2017

"In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America's indigenous population - and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow - and dreams - means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a 15-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones, and take refuge ...from the "recruiters" who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing 'factories.'"--

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Subjects
Genres
Science fiction
Dystopian fiction
Published
Toronto : Dancing Cat Books (DCB) [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
234 pages ; 21 cm
Issued also in electronic format
Audience
Young Adult.
Awards
CCBC Choices, 2018
Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature, 2017.
Kirkus Prize for Young Reader's Literture Award, 2017
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2017
American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Young Adult Book Honor, 2018
ISBN
9781770864863
1770864865
9781537998107
1537998102
Main Author
Cherie Dimaline, 1975- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Sixteen-year-old Frances "Frenchie" Dusome, one of a dwindling number of Métis, and his "found" family try to survive on the run from the Recruiters, whites who are capturing First Nations members to harvest their bone marrow and sell it as a remedy for the lost ability to dream. This dystopian novel is rich in atmosphere and texture, from the measured cadence that suggests the rhythms of ritual storytelling, to slang that situates it in a postapocalyptic North America, to the spare yet evocative descriptions of the effects of power and carelessness on the environment. It is a story told by an insider, for insiders, but done so well that even those on the outside gain some degree of understanding by reading it. Dimaline never depends on theatrics or gore to expose the callous and horrific problem at the root of her plot; rather, her details convey the matter-of-fact nature of cruelty, and her characters express the consequences. A subtext to the plot casts a spotlight on the effects of co-opting bits and pieces of a culture without fully understanding how they fit into a seamless whole: How long can we borrow or steal from others without losing ourselves in the process? Put this book, written by a Canadian First Nations author, in your library, and make it known. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—In a dystopian future, a young Métis boy, Frenchie, comes of age while fleeing capture. Along with a group of Indigenous young people and their leader, Miig, they resist the constant threat of being harvested for their dream-carrying bone marrow. Growing up on the run, Frenchie learns how to hunt, trap, and keep moving north to survive, but climate change has caused chaos and collapse around the world. The group must escape the Recruiters, who cause loved ones to disappear forever, and adapt to harsh conditions. Through "Story," told by Miig, the protagonist learns about history, his culture, and how precious they both are in a society that seeks to process his people like cattle. Fans of Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham will enjoy this character-driven work of science fiction. Like those authors, Dimaline writes elegant prose that grabs the reader and carries them into this dark and passionate world. The author has created a rich work of postapocalyptic fiction without the dense exposition often found in the genre. VERDICT A riveting science fiction novel that is a must-buy for any library seeking to expand their teen collections.—Meaghan Nichols, Archaeological Research Associates, Ont. Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In a world where most people have lost the ability to dream, a fifteen-year-old Indigenous boy who is still able to dream struggles for survival against an army of "recruiters" who seek to steal his marrow and return dreams to the rest of the world.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this futuristic dystopian novel for teens, the Indigenous people of North America are on the run in a fight for survival.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)Winner of the 2017 Kirkus PrizeWinner of the 2018 Sunburst AwardWinner of the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book AwardWinner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult LiteratureJust when you think you have nothing left to lose, they come for your dreams.Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden'but what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)Winner of the 2017 Kirkus PrizeWinner of the 2018 Sunburst AwardWinner of the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book AwardWinner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and M?tis Young Adult LiteratureJust when you think you have nothing left to lose, they come for your dreams.Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.