Reviews tagging Colonisation

The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline

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thazell's review against another edition

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emotional 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? No

5.0

Once, the residential schools then now everyone wants them dead for their bone marrow which holds dreams. In a dreamless, dystopian society the recruiters will stop at nothing to hunt down the Indigenous people for their bone marrow. This book is a reference to the residential schools and the discrimination Indigenous people face in the modern-day through a fictional lens. It’s heart-wrenching. We follow Frenchie as he meets his new family and struggles to deal with grief while on a constant run for survival. They try to live, not just survive. The story has lots of the Indigenous teachings wrapped inside of it, like smudging, and even though they are being hunted for that very side of them, they continue to learn and practice it. They do not give up their Indigenous side no matter what. The characters are strong and find meaning within each other to continue to survive, to smile and laugh. I was in tears by the end of the book, it holds so much meaning and grief and love. Stories like this need to be told, let those who are suffering find strength in the fact that you are not alone; your stories are being told. 

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_savannahreads_'s review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful inspiring sad 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? No

4.75


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ruuththereader's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

5.0


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katsbooks's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

“Sometimes you risk everything for a life worth living, even if you're not the one that'll be alive to see it.” 

“When we heal our land, we are healed also.” 

“Do you think circumstances make people turn bad? Or that people make circumstances bad to begin with?” 

What a journey. This book deserves all of the stars. The beginning was a bit slow but really picked up. At one point, I was listening during my commute and something tragic happened; I guarantee anyone who happened to look my way would have thought I had just gotten the worst news of my life. I definitey teared up. This book was a great allegory for settler colonialism and how Indigenous people of the Americas have been treated (and continue to be treated) by society and governments. I think this story is great for young adults or those getting into Indigenous fiction. The cultures of multiple Indigenous nations are represented and it really touches on the importance of being able to pass down traditional practices like language. I would note trigger warnings for rape, murder, racism and child death.

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nstew16's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful informative inspiring sad medium-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

4.75


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caseythereader's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
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  • 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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anaguana's review

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0


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stephanieridiculous's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • 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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