Santa Claus brought me this book in my stocking. It won the Governor General’s Award for young people’s literature in 2017 for good reason. It is more than a fascinating YA read.

Told from the point of view of a Metis teen on the run called Frenchie, the story follows him and his ad hoc family of other Indigenous people as they try to avoid being taken by government agency Recruiters for their bone marrow. This dystopian novel is set in the not too distant future with elements of danger, adventure and love. A rich and complex drawing of characters moves the story compellingly along.

More importantly this book looks back at our colonial past and points to the future consequences of current policies with regard to climate change and pipelines. This is a book for adults as well as young people.