Hunting by stars

Cherie Dimaline, 1975-

Book - 2021

French has been captured by the Recruiters, confined to one of the infamous residential schools, where the government extracts the marrow of Indigenous people in order to steal the ability to dream, and where the captured are programmed to betray others of their kind, something which he discovers has been done to his brother; meanwhile the other survivors, his found family, are hunting for him, determined to rescue him--and French has to decide just how much, and whom, he is willing to sacrifice... to survive and be reunited with Rose and the others.

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Series
Marrow thieves novel ; [book 2]
Subjects
Genres
Young adult fiction
Fictional Work
Young adult works
Dystopian fiction
Fiction
Juvenile works
Science fiction
Juvenile fiction
Novels
Romans
Published
New York, NY : Amulet Books 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: The marrow thieves.
Physical Description
390 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 12 and Up.
Awards
American Indian Youth Literature Honor Book, Young Adult, 2022
ISBN
9781419753473
1419753479
Main Author
Cherie Dimaline, 1975- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Dimaline returns to the postapocalyptic, plague-ridden world she created in The Marrow Thieves (2017), wherein Indigenous Canadians are being harvested by white people for their bone marrow, which is believed to be a cure for the plague. The story opens with French, a Métis 17-year-old imprisoned in one of the area's new residential schools, where bone marrow extraction takes place and the "students" are trained to capture other Native people. Meanwhile, French's love, Rose, has stubbornly left their unofficial Indigenous family to rescue him, only to need rescuing herself after she and her companion, Derrick, are taken prisoner by a cult, whose leader hopes to heal himself and his many "wives" by drinking their blood. Yes, there is a bit of the melodramatic to this complex novel and if it has a fault it is its occasional discursiveness and tendency toward overwritten prose. Nevertheless, Dimaline has created vivid characters who propel a suspenseful and atmospheric story that boldly brings past, and ongoing, darkness to light. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Dimaline's sequel to The Marrow Thieves returns to the dystopian world of French and his found family. A plague has taken over, robbing much of the population of their ability to dream, and Indigenous people are hunted for their marrow, which is believed to contain the cure. Seventeen-year-old French awakens in a dark room with a head injury and no idea where he is. He soon finds he has been captured by Recruiters and is being held captive in a residential school where Indigenous people are harvested for their marrow. Meanwhile, his family is trying to find him and plan his escape. As new information is uncovered about the residential schools and family members become divided on the best way to retrieve French, everyone must decide how far they are willing to go to survive. The brutal realities faced by French in the residential school will leave readers thinking about what Indigenous people endured in the residential schools of the past. The idea of storytelling and the importance of realizing that the past and present are interwoven is beautifully conveyed and will keep readers anxious for what comes next. VERDICT An excellent sequel to a thought-provoking story. Purchase of the duology is highly recommended for young adult collections.—Ashley Leffel, Griffin M.S., Frisco, TX Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

French has been captured by the Recruiters, confined to one of the infamous residential schools, where the government extracts the marrow of Indigenous people in order to steal the ability to dream, and where the captured are programmed to betray others of their kind, something which he discovers has been done to his brother; meanwhile the other survivors, his found family, are hunting for him, determined to rescue him--and French has to decide just how much, and whom, he is willing to sacrifice to survive and be reunited with Rose and the others.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From the acclaimed author of The Marrow Thieves comes a thrilling new story about hope and survival that New York Times bestselling author Angeline Boulley called “a revelatory must-read” A 2022 American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book Years ago, when plagues and natural disasters killed millions of people, much of the world stopped dreaming. Without dreams, people are haunted, sick, mad, unable to rebuild. The government soon finds that the Indigenous people of North America have retained their dreams, an ability rumored to be housed in the very marrow of their bones. Soon, residential schools pop up—or are re-opened—across the land to bring in the dreamers and harvest their dreams. Seventeen-year-old French lost his family to these schools and has spent the years since heading north with his new found family: a group of other dreamers, who, like him, are trying to build and thrive as a community. But then French wakes up in a pitch-black room, locked in and alone for the first time in years, and he knows immediately where he is—and what it will take to escape. Meanwhile, out in the world, his found family searches for him and dodges new dangers—school Recruiters, a blood cult, even the land itself. When their paths finally collide, French must decide how far he is willing to go—and how many loved ones is he willing to betray—in order to survive. This engrossing, action-packed, deftly-drawn novel expands on the world of Cherie Dimaline’s award-winning The Marrow Thieves, and it will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the final page.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the acclaimed author of The Marrow Thieves comes a thrilling new story about hope and survival that New York Times bestselling author Angeline Boulley called “a revelatory must-read” A 2022 American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book Years ago, when plagues and natural disasters killed millions of people, much of the world stopped dreaming. Without dreams, people are haunted, sick, mad, unable to rebuild. The government soon finds that the Indigenous people of North America have retained their dreams, an ability rumored to be housed in the very marrow of their bones. Soon, residential schools pop up—or are re-opened—across the land to bring in the dreamers and harvest their dreams. Seventeen-year-old French lost his family to these schools and has spent the years since heading north with his new found family: a group of other dreamers, who, like him, are trying to build and thrive as a community. But then French wakes up in a pitch-black room, locked in and alone for the first time in years, and he knows immediately where he is—and what it will take to escape.  Meanwhile, out in the world, his found family searches for him and dodges new dangers—school Recruiters, a blood cult, even the land itself. When their paths finally collide, French must decide how far he is willing to go—and how many loved ones is he willing to betray—in order to survive. This engrossing, action-packed, deftly-drawn novel expands on the world of Cherie Dimaline’s award-winning The Marrow Thieves, and it will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the final page.