In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing “factories.”
I read The Marrow Thieves a few years ago, and it was the gateway back into reading for me. As it is considered YA fiction, it is a page turner that will keep you engaged from start to finish. The story takes place in a dystopic future, where people have lost the ability to dream (I won’t spoil the plot!). There are parallels to today, and to the history of colonial Canada… which is especially relevant right now, with the many current events going on related to the rights and independence of the Indigenous people of Canada. I’d encourage everyone to pick this book up, as not only is it an entertaining and enjoyable few hours of reading, but also gently pushes the reader to reflect on what is happening in the world for Indigenous people today.