The Marrow ThievesBook - 2017
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In a dystopian future world, a young Métis boy and his friends are on the run from Recruiters who are hunting the Indigenous people of North America to extract their bone marrow. As a Métis Canadian author, Dimaline crafted a story that is reminiscent of her own understanding of being an Indigeno... Read More »
VaughanPLKim Jun 04, 2020
In this dystopian novel, Frenchie, a young Métis boy, and a group of Indigenous youth are on the run from government Recruiters who are hunting them for their bone marrow. Their bone marrow carries the ability to dream, an ability that non-Natives have lost. Along the way, Frenchie learns about h... Read More »
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Fifteen-year-old Frenchie is a survivor, the last remaining member of his family after seeing his brother snatched by the government. In a near-future where the world is falling apart thanks to the results of global warming, society is also plagued by a new problem. People have forgotten how to dream, and this dreamlessness is slowly driving them mad. Only the Indigenous population retains the ability to dream, and it is their bone marrow that seems to hold the key to why they have not succumbed to this new plague. As the madness spreads, the government takes a page from history, and begins herding the remaining First Nations people into facilities modeled on residential schools, where their marrow is harvested at the cost of their lives. The few who remain free push northward into the wilderness, trying outrun the reach of the government. But a confrontation with the Recruiters is inevitable, and one day there will be nowhere left to run.
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