The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I finally read this YA dystopian novel where people perceived as being
indigenous are kidnapped in hopes their bodies will help everyone else
regain the ability to dream. The novel is more about the groups of
people living on the run and the ways they connect and build community -
very little is about the mad scientist component (this is okay but was a
bit surprising based on how much it is included in most summaries of
the book.) Also in the background are the history of the "residential
schools," climate change, and human-directed environmental destruction.
It's set in the future so California is gone, the Great Lakes are toast,
If you waffle on YA, there is much less angst than in the
Hunger Games or Divergent. The majority of the novel features characters
from a broader range of ages.
I had a strange experience (twice!) where I fell asleep while reading it and sank into deep dreams, so beware!
This was the January 2021 pick for Sword and Laser with guest co-host Mallory O'Meara. It was also discussed on Episode 202 of the Reading Envy Podcast with the Book Cougars.
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