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The Marrow Thieves

By Cheri Dimaline


The Marrow ThievesThis dystopian feels all too real and familiar. Climate change and rising sea levels have reclaimed and changed much of the land, engulfing entire cities. Humans have lost the ability to dream, and are being driven crazy and dying because of it. The only cure is in the marrow of indigenous peoples, but harvesting the dreams from them causes death.

 

French is a young indigenous lad fleeing for his life in the wilderness. With recruiters on his heels to drag him off to re-opened residential schools, every day is about survival, not only from the men that hunt him, but also from the elements. While on the run with other indigenous people fleeing the recruiters, he learns about his people's past; their stories, their language and their customs. But trusting even his own people can lead to terrible consequences.

This story is all too plausible with the current climate - not just environmentally, but politically. While it has important things to say about, it is also about love and family, and the things we as humans are willing to do to survive.

Powerful and moving, this is an excellent book for all readers. It is this year’s One Book One London Pick, read what everyone else is reading, and join in the events!

 

Reviewed by Vanessa