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.
September 1, 2017  |  234 pages
(Read from May 4, 2019 to May 8, 2019)
Grade: C+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Literature, 40% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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In terms of setting and atmosphere, Dimaline earns high marks. Her characters traverse a destroyed world which feels like a necessary omen in the era of climate change debate. The indigenous elements offer insight and history on a futuristic scene. But for a book where survival is constantly at stake, the tension and action are not consistent enough, plagued by curious decisions with pacing. The characters know that threats are circling around them, but the confrontation is too slow to develop.  (+3 votes)