The hunt for the stars by Cherie Dimaline
Years ago, when epidemics and natural disasters killed millions of people, much of the world stopped dreaming. Without dreams, people are haunted, sick, mad, unable to rebuild themselves. The government soon discovers that the indigenous peoples of North America have retained their dreams, an ability that is rumored to be lodged in the very marrow of their bones. Soon boarding schools sprang up – or reopened – across the country to bring in dreamers and harvest their dreams.
A seventeen-year-old Frenchman lost his family to these schools and spent years heading north with his new family: a bunch of other dreamers, who, like him, are trying to build and thrive as that community. But then French wakes up in a dark room, locked up and alone for the first time in years, and he immediately knows where he is and what it will take to escape.
Meanwhile, around the world, his found family seek him out and dodge new dangers: school recruiters, a blood cult, and even the land itself. When their paths finally collide, French must decide how far he’s willing to go – and how many loved ones he’s willing to betray – to survive.
Reasons to read it: This is a sequel to Dimaline’s hugely popular book The Marrow Thieves, which continues French’s story. It’s action-packed and haunting read, especially relevant now that residential schools have been in the news in recent months. Both adolescent and adult readers will appreciate this new take on the dystopian genre.