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The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline

10 reviews

greenlivingaudioworm's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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tascaraudo's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

The writing was familiar to me, the way things people and places are described is short and rich with imagery. As a habitual skimmer, the fast-paced nature of the writing forced me to go back and actually read in order to understand what was going on. 
The book really starts with a bang, and you will never be bored. 

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caseythereader's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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1rae1's review

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challenging emotional informative reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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offbrandclubsoda's review

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adventurous challenging emotional reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

I absolutely loved this book! It is beautifully written and kept me engaged the whole time. The world-building and story telling is excellent. Cannot recommend enough!

Spice level: 🌶.5/5

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lostcalypso's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

This book is written from the point of view of a teenage boy who has been on the run for much of his life. In other reviews, I saw annoyance with the wiring style and expression used by the author, but it felt appropriate to the narrator. 

I hope you give this book a chance. It's meaningful and heart wrenching, but hopeful. When we heal our land, we'll heal our people. 

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ohhappilyeverafter's review

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challenging dark emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

4.0


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lilcoppertop's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful inspiring sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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bekah445's review

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adventurous emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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gabbygarcia's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

"He'd lost someone he built a life with right in the middle of that life. Suddenly, I realized that there was something worse than running, worse than even the schools. There was loss. I'd wait for him to tell me the rest in his own time, if that time ever came, I fell asleep watching the rise and fall of Rose's breaths and tried to imagine us in another time, building instead of running".

This beautiful book. Oh my. It will consume you entirely and you won't be able to put it down until you've finished it. This book is a gift everyone should read. It is devastating and yet so hopeful. The ending! The endingggg!!! 

I would have loved more character development for the secondary characters, though I loved many of the main characters, who were written with such thoughtfulness and were given the space to be whole, imperfect people. Additionally, although I felt deeply entrenched in the world Dimaline created, I was a little disappointed that she did not explore and explain the loss-of-dreaming phenomenon and how the bone marrow stored dreams. 

SpoilerI was so moved by the realization of the key: dreaming in their heritage language (though I also wish this had been explored further!!). The themes surrounding language loss and that deep, sorrowful need for language and homeland was so immediate and heartwrenching. Beautifully written and woven into the plot.

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