The Marrow Thieves

Cherie Dimaline

fiction Science Fiction Young Adult
emotional reflective sad medium-paced
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."

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emotional 83%
dark 58%
reflective 58%
adventurous 41%
hopeful 41%
sad 41%
tense 41%
inspiring 33%
challenging 16%
mysterious 16%
informative 8%


medium 75%
slow 16%
fast 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | N/A: 12% | No: 12%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 28%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 77% | N/A: 11% | It's complicated: 11%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 33% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 22% | N/A: 11%

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