Cultural

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Title:  The Marrow Thieves
Author:  Cherie Dimaline
Pages:  234
Published:  September 1st, 2017
Publisher:  Dancing Cat Books
Source:  Library

In the possible nearby futuristic world destroyed by global warming. The world is in ruins, homes lost, scarce necessity and the power to dream is lost to all but the North American’s Indigenous people. Within the marrow of the Indigenous people holds the cure for the dreamless people. The inability to dream caused the world to fall into chaos because in order to cure the people would mean the death of the people with the source for the cure.

In this new world, Frenchie, a fifteen-year-old struggles to survive to make it to the old lands and reunite with loved ones. The only thing that is standing in the way of the group are the “recruiters“, employees of Canada’s Department of Oneirology. The recruiters try to harvest their marrows by bringing them to factories which resembles residential schools.

After witnessing his brother, Mitch, being captured by the recruiters to allow Frenchie to escape, Frenchie finds himself alone in the world trying to escape the grasp of the government. Along the way he meets other Indigenous nomads who also hold tragic stories of themselves.

As they trudge through the harsh lands, trying to reach the old lands, they struggle to protect each other as more and more obstacles stand in their way.


Review

The reason I read this book is that I am part of the White Pine and basically what I have to do is read a minimum of five books. After reading the books, there will be a chance for me to vote which book I thought was the best and at the end, near mid-April to late-April, there will be a trip and see which book will win the award. I am so excited about the trip because it’s such an amazing experience to meet so many authors at once.

The Goods:

This story tackles some important and sensitive topics. What I like about this book is how Cherie Dimaline can tell the struggles and harsh treatments of Indigenous people in a lighter tone with her writing style, yet still be able to come through the pages with the message she wants to express.

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I really enjoy reading the flashbacks of the past struggles of Frenchie’s companions. It was refreshing in a way because it shows people overcoming hurdles and not necessarily forgetting it, but using it as a motivation to push them to keep moving forward. There is also another side of it that was sad because of how the people are treated because they possess something that is needed by others when there is harm inflicted to the people when their marrow are extracted from them.

The story was intriguing to read because of the contents. Throughout this story, Miigwans tells Story which was a weekly ritual the group would do. He would tell tales of the Indigenous culture and history including topics such as treaties, colonialism and the abuse of the residential school system. The story’s setting may be exaggerated or inaccurate because it is in a futuristic world but it helps shed light on the struggles and abuse the Indigenous community has suffered from other people. I feel the treatment they received where unjust because they lived in the land first before the Europeans discovered the land. There are people who think of them as inferior to them and take advantage of their lack of knowledge to the English language.

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Indigenous relations have probably improve compared to the past in Canada, but it is sad to see that it needs to improve, to begin with. I hope more people will read this book even if they think it is not interesting because it is more interesting than learning about it from textbooks.

The Bads:

I felt like the story had TOO many flashbacks. I enjoy reading books in the present and not too into flashbacks, so personally, I did not enjoy how many flashbacks was used.


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I would highly recommend this to readers who are interested in the Indigenous community or social injustice. Even though this is an exaggerated version of the present Earth, it still holds some truth to our society.


No, seriously.

I’m not joking.

GO READ IT because it is also a coming-of-age story with hints of a budding romance between Frenchie and one of the people who travel with. I will go on my knees because is it always a great experience to read books that focus on topics such as social injustice.

With that, bye bye and see you guys next time. And thanks for reading, I always appreciate you reading the things I write (in this case, type) about. Love you all ღ

Signing out,

SammieReads

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