Books That Burn

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Highlight 20: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

July 4th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline. This is speculative fiction so good it made Robin rethink how they read the closely related but distinct genre of dystopian fiction. 

  • TITLE: The Marrow Thieves
  • AUTHOR: Cherie Dimaline
  • PUBLISHER: Dancing Cat Books
  • YEAR: 2017
  • LENGTH: 240 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Speculative Fiction

Book TW for sexual content (brief), cursing, ableist language (brief), alcohol (backstory), alcoholism (backstory), drug use (backstory), dug abuse (backstory), kidnapping (graphic), confinement (backstory), starvation (graphic), genocide (graphic), sexual assault, rape, child abuse, physical abuse, excrement (brief), vomit (brief), violence, gun violence, cannibalism, animal death, parental death (backstory), child death, murder, major character death, death.

Topic 1: Food Scarcity. Begins at (1:35), CW for food scarcity,

Topic 2: PTSD. Begins at (10:37), CW for ptsd, food scarcity.

Topic 3: Cannibalism. Begins at (21:45), CW for cannibalism, murder, death.

Promo for CPOV Autographs; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:12).


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