Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
The thrilling follow-up to the bestselling, award-winning novel The Marrow Thieves, about a dystopian world where the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted for their bone marrow and ability to dream.
Years ago, when plagues and natural disasters killed millions of people, much of the world stopped dreaming. Without dreams, people are haunted, sick, mad, unable to rebuild. The government soon finds that the Indigenous people of North America have retained their dreams, an ability rumored to be housed in the very marrow of their bones. Soon, residential schools pop up—or are re-opened—across the land to bring in the dreamers and harvest their dreams.
Seventeen-year-old French lost his family to these schools and has spent the years since heading north with his new found family: a group of other dreamers, who, like him, are trying to build and thrive as a community. But then French wakes up in a pitch-black room, locked in and alone for the first time in years, and he knows immediately where he is—and what it will take to escape.
Meanwhile, out in the world, his found family searches for him and dodges new dangers—school Recruiters, a blood cult, even the land itself. When their paths finally collide, French must decide how far he is willing to go—and how many loved ones is he willing to betray—in order to survive. This engrossing, action-packed, deftly-drawn novel expands on the world of Cherie Dimaline’s award-winning The Marrow Thieves, and it will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the final page.
About the author
Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. Her novels include Red Rooms, The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy, A Gentle Habit, The Marrow Thieves and Empire of Wild. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and became the first Indigenous Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her young adult novel The Marrow Thieves has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and, among other honors, was a fan favorite in the 2018 edition of CBC's Canada Reads. It was also a Book of the Year on numerous lists including NPR, School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, she now lives in Vancouver.
- Short-listed, Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Short-listed, The Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence - Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book
- Long-listed, First Nations Communities Read Award
A Kobo “Top 20 of 2021” book of the year
An Indigo Best Teen Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book (2021)
An NPR Best Book of 2021
A Good Morning America Buzz Pick
A CBC Books Bestseller
The Cityline Book Club Pick for December 2021
"Lush, devastating, and hope-filled novel. . . . The action never lets up and is inextricably intertwined with the personal and community histories of the diverse characters who band together from various nations. Dimaline paints a nightmarish world that is too easy to imagine; it will haunt readers long after they turn the final page." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Dimaline has created vivid characters who propel a suspenseful and atmospheric story that boldly brings past, and ongoing, darkness to light." ―Booklist
"The brutal realities faced by French in the residential school will leave readers thinking about what Indigenous people endured in the residential schools of the past. The idea of storytelling and the importance of realizing that the past and present are interwoven is beautifully conveyed and will keep readers anxious for what comes next." ―School Library Journal
“A harrowing glimpse into a future all the more chilling because it’s rooted in history. Our marrow holds many stories. The best ones are of love, hope, and resistance. Miigwech to Cherie Dimaline for this story! Hunting by Stars is a revelatory must read.” ―Angeline Boulley, New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter
“Spellbinding. Straight from the heart of resilience — Dimaline shows how Indigenous people hold on to dreams even when trapped in nightmares.” ―Wab Kinew, bestselling author of The Reason You Walk and Walking in Two Worlds
“What a brilliant and utterly gripping book this is. Beautiful on a sentence level, kinetic, and possessed of a deep humanity. Cherie Dimaline is one of the finest worldbuilders working in fiction today, and here she has crafted something truly profound on the nature of survival, community, and the resurrective power of a story carried and told. To live up to the legacy of one of the best dystopian novels in recent memory is no small talk — Hunting by Stars does that and more.” ―Omar El Akkad, bestselling author of American War and What Strange Paradise
"Ultimately a hopeful ode to community, identity, and found family, Hunting By Stars is timely, powerful, and un-put-downable." —YALSA
". . . a breathtaking dystopian novel about prejudice and persistence." —Foreword Reviews
Other titles by Cherie Dimaline
Funeral Songs for Dying Girls
An Anthology of Monsters
How Story Saves Us from Our Anxiety
Empire of Wild
God Loves Hair: Tenth Anniversary Edition
Love Beyond Body, Space and Time
an Indigenous LGBT Sci-fi Anthology