The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves

Book - 2017
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Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive after the world is nearly destroyed by global warming and the Indigenous people of North America become hunted once it's discovered that they are the only people who have retained the ability to dream and that their bone marrow can provide a cure.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Dancing Cat Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781770864863
1770864865
Characteristics: 234 pages

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A YA novel describing an apocalyptic Ontario in which Indigenous people are hunted for their bone marrow, the only thing that will bring back dreaming to the general population. It's dark, creative and imaginative.


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meviousmaddie
Nov 28, 2019

"The Marrow Thieves" explores the circular nature of history through dystopian re-imaginings of the same colonial institutions that systemically sought to dissolve Native American communities in North America. The premise is powerful, walking a fine line between lived realities and post-apocalyptic flair. I loved the innovative world-building, but found the novel overall a little too reliant on Young Adult genre tropes.

BPLpicks Sep 05, 2019

Set in the not-so-distance future, in a time when the planet has been devastated by the effects of global warming and natural disasters, and entire communities have been wiped out. Those who remain lost the ability to dream. The only exception are the indigenous people of North America who continue to carry dreams deep within their bones. The government employs ‘recruiters’ who abduct these individuals, in the hope of discovering the secrets found within their bone marrow. The story centres on an indigenous teenager named Frenchie, who is on the run from the recruiters, along with a group of other nomads. More than just another dystopian YA novel, this book explores a number of deeper themes, including climate change, environmental destruction, and the consequences of government policies.

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rebecacelest
Aug 06, 2019

A tale of hope-tinged desperation, beautifully told. A little horror-esque at times, but not without reason. Side characters are a little flat, but justifiably, considering it's such a compact book.

While the writing is somewhat poetic, I do not see any merit to the plot in this book. I wonder if the author was trying and failed to mimic the more successful books in The Hunger Games series? This novel describes an imaginary holocaust of Canadian indigenous in a future dystopian world where an evil white society must suck the dreams out of every innocent metis and indigenous man, woman and child. It feels like reverse racism where all western society is evil and the indigenous is the only pure race. The intended audience appears to be young adults. Certainly there is not enough context or sophistication to appeal to an adult reader.

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ChristineRondeau
Mar 22, 2019

One of the best book I’ve ever read. Gripping, terrifying and yet beautifully written. This book needs to be read slowly and without any distractions so that you can savour each sentence.

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bansidthe
Dec 07, 2018

Intense and beautifully written. Nicely in your face for mainstream society.....First Nations people need a strong voice like this. She gives us a view into a repressed peoples' world. Well done.

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johnsankey
Oct 30, 2018

Racist hatred as horrid as any anti-Semitic or Incel vitriol. All indigenous peoples are superior to all other peoples on earth, and all other peoples are out to get them. Nothing but freedom of speech can justify publication of these views.

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lunablu
Oct 27, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow for me at the beginning but then it picked up quickly. This is a dystopian Native American story full of survival and tragedy. North America is struggling because of global warming and non-Indigenous peoples have stopped dreaming. Indigenous people are on the run to survive with their dreams.

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Rkbm1103
Jul 24, 2018

If you like this book, you will probably like A Girl Called Echo. A Métis girl leaps between the history of her ancestors past and the present, showing indigenous history as tangible instead of simply word on pages

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chloesaar
Jul 21, 2018

This book is very moving. Frenchie makes us love his dystopian world. "The Marrow Thieves" is a wonderful book based on the future world, and indigenous peoples. The book is about indigenous peoples and "regular" people. The "regular" people have lost the ability to dream, and now they realize that the indigenous peoples still have that ability. So they set out to have as many indigenous peoples as they can. They build a machine to extract the dreams from their bone marrow. Frenchies adventures with his new friends are both sad and exciting. I really loved the whole book, but if I had to pick a favourite part I would pick the part where Minerva breaks the machine. Minerva is the eldest in Franchise tribe. She was caught, but when she was brought to the machine she sang a song from her heart. The song lyrics and the tune was strong enough to break the machine. I loved reading this book but to be honest it got a little boring at the end. The same things were repeating over and over again. But please read this book!

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shayshortt
Mar 28, 2018

Everyone tells their own coming-to story. That’s the rule. Everyone’s creation story is their own.

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Lirael
Mar 26, 2018

"Cherie Dimaline uses Indigenous futurism to rewrite the past and reimagine the future. Bottom line, this is a book about hope, sacrifice, survival, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, healing and chosen families." - Jully Black, CBC Books

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shayshortt
Mar 28, 2018

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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