The Marrow ThievesBook - 2017
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The indigenous survivors of environmental apocalypse struggle to evade capture by traumatized whites intent upon harvesting their suddenly precious resource: dreams. Métis author Dimaline’s sensitive, moving dystopia is for readers young and old.
In a world wracked with climate change, Frenchie must find other First Nation people if he is to escape the people hunting them for their bone marrow.
In a world of ecological devastation, most people have lost the ability to dream, except Canadian Indigenous people. Metis are hunted by “recruiters,” seized to have their bone marrow gleaned, and taken to “factories” from which they never return. Frenchie is a young man on the run with a small g... Read More »
2017 Governor General's Award for English-Language Children's Literature; 2017 Kirkus Prize in Young Adult Literature ; 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature; 2018 Sunburst Award for Young Adult Fiction.
Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Métis Nation.
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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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