The Marrow Thieves by Cherie DimalineThe Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves

byCherie Dimaline

Paperback | May 10, 2017

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Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. Her first book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007 and her novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was released in 2013. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Award for Excellen...
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Title:The Marrow ThievesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 10, 2017Publisher:CORMORANT BOOKSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770864865

ISBN - 13:9781770864863

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dystopia Included on Canada Reads Long List This is an amazing dystopian young adult fiction that takes a new look at the impact of residential schools and race relations on turtle island. Dimaline keeps you in suspense with gripping plot turns and still manages to present a story of hope.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Emotionally-Charged Scify-Thriller! “The Marrow Thieves” is an intriguing science fiction thriller set in a North that’s been ravaged by disease, earthquakes and flooding after “the Melt”. Dreamless and without hope the people left in North America have succumbed to widespread madness so scientists and the Church have turned to its Indigenous people who can still dream creating a second wave of residential schools where harvesting their marrow for the cure means certain death. Driven to flee the Recruiters who hunt for unwilling donors sixteen-year-old Francis (aka Frenchie) with two Elders and six other kids struggle to survive while looking for loved ones as well as a safe haven far from those that want to steal their lives. Well-developed and emotionally -charged the plot resonates with the history of colonization in Canada and its impact on the Indigenous people as well as a warning about the effect of Global Warming especially in the North. Fast-paced the intensity and suspense build especially when the group is faced with two traitors willing to sell them to the Recruiters, an unexpected death and the sacrifice of an Elder. Amid all the conflict Cherie Dimaline weaves in a romance between Frenchie and the vocal, moody but capable Rose only to have their feelings tested at a refuge when he exhibits jealousy, and must make a decision about his future. Even the love between Miig and Isaac tugs at your heartstrings as Miig remembers the heartbreak that left him carrying around a vial of marrow. Yet amid all the tragedy, betrayal and heartbreak, there is a sense of triumph as a key is discovered that could save them all. The author brings to life characters that are realistic, complex and daring, infusing the plot with tension, passion, and high- energy like Frenchie who’s shattered by the loss of his brother and mother only to discover a family in the party he travels with. Quiet and awkward at times with others he develops throughout the story displaying a fighting spirit, devotion and resourcefulness in protecting those he cares for. Miigwan their leader is cautious, stern but wise while Minerva, the dark, round and grey-haired Elder is stubborn, determined and self-sacrificing. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Marrow Thieves” and won’t hesitate to look for other books by Cherie Dimaline in future
Date published: 2017-11-11