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Sep 12 2015

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon | Book Review

The-Bone-SeasonRating: ★★★★ 1/2

Review: This book took me longer than I would have liked, to finish. And while normally if I find I’m going to take more than one week to get through a book that isn’t that many pages, I’d simply stop reading it and put it on my short DNF list, I chose to stick it out to the end for many reasons.

First, unlike most of the books I have been reading, I knew right away this book isn’t exactly a Young Adult book. I know many have put this in that category, but there is a level of complexity to it that I would put it in the adult realm. But that is just my humble opinion. I found the main character, Paige, to be someone I didn’t understand, but she wasn’t too annoying in her naivete that I couldn’t stick with it to find out what she was going to do next.

Second, I did like the idea of the story. I’m currently writing a book myself and I would be lying if I didn’t give Ms. Shannon some credit in breaking me out of my writers block by reading her book. She inspired me to get back to writing! And because of the intricacy of her story, the many characters, the sheer fantasy of it all, it made me realize that I was holding myself back in my own writing trying to make it based on reality when I really don’t. I’ve always felt to enter the Sci-Fi or Fantasy world you’d have to get really crazy and convoluted and just plain impossible in the story telling, but she showed me that it can be grounded in some human truths.

Third, would have to be harking back to the human factor I just mentioned. True, there are some sort of aliens in the story that I’m not exactly a fan of reading about, but the structure of those who are clairvoyant and those who aren’t, and how, I assume, they come together to fight (and destroy) and common enemy is one I’m very intrigued by. And to give too much of a spoiler, I think my favorite part in the whole book had to be at the end when Paige is about to finally escape Sheol I to rejoin her gang, The 7 Dials, there is this moment when her leader (master) wants things to go back to the way they were, hence why they are even there to rescue JUST her, that she has a spark of understanding, he’s no different than the Rephaim and how they treat the voyants. I’m sure she will come to that realization in the second book, The Mime Order, which I already have ready to read VERY soon!

Oh, and one more thing, am I the only one who, as I was reading this book, found myself wondering if there is some significance to the fact that Emim (the enemy creatures out to kill the Rephaim) is “mime” backwards?

Synopsis: It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon

452 pages
Bloomsbury USA, 8/2013
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
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