Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner takes us to the controlling city of Jewel, a place where children are chained for their protection until Separation Day. When Goldie Roth’s questioning nature lands her in trouble again with the Guardians, she’s motivated to do the unthinkable and run away. She finds herself shelter in the Museum and once she proves herself a thief by stealing some cakes and coins, she’s recruited into their mysterious service.
The museum shifts and holds unwanted items from the cities past including war and plagues that threaten to break free from their storage rooms. Perhaps my favorite character is a hound who sometimes is a small dog and other times a monstrous beast. He both befriends Goldie and terrifies her and its not his fault since his transformation is beyond his control, more attuned to the circumstances they find themselves in. With the quirky cast of fellow keepers of the museum and the towns people, this is a fun, eclectic read.