Catherine Knutsson’s 2012 novel, Shadows Cast by Stars, takes place on a fictionalized version of Vancouver Island—where I live—in the near future after a viral pandemic has taken hold of most of humanity. People of indigenous descent have antibodies against the virus, making them targets for a government seeking to harvest those antibodies to protect the masses. Cassandra Mercredi and her brother Paul escape to The Island, protected by a magical barrier that keeps the outside world out, and it’s there that their adventure truly begins. Knutsson belongs to the the Métis nation, and her book is wound through with themes exploring identity, mixed heritage, and belonging. It’s a beautiful story, bursting with strong women, incredible worldbuilding, and a heady mix of science fiction, fantasy, and indigenous storytelling.