So last year I heard a lot of great things about ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon, so it’s been on my tbr list for quite a while.
When I first started reading this book, I admittedly had doubts about how much I’d enjoy it! At the start of the book there are some complicated diagrams explaining all of the different types of Clairvoyants in the world of ‘The Bone Season’ and I was so worried that I’d find the story complicated and hard to understand because of this. However I couldn’t have been more wrong as I didn’t even need to refer to these diagrams (or the glossary at the back of the book) because the information was woven seamlessly and effortlessly into the story and I found it very easy to follow.
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and 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 only problem I had with this book was the length of it. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of it and wouldn’t choose to cut anything out of the narrative, but I felt like the book had multiple endings and maybe would have been better as two books. Also, I would have really loved it if ‘The Bone Season’ was a standalone, however I haven’t read ‘The Mime Order’ yet and I have a feeling my mind will be changed because I’ll probably adore that book.
What I really liked about this book was how unique it was. I’ve read my fair few of books about clairvoyants, savants and people with paranormal abilities and ‘The Bone Season’ was so different from all of them. The idea of the different abilities and the rankings of those abilities was really fascinating to read about.
There is something in this book for everyone. There’s plenty of action with a touch of romance and lots of mystery along the way, which kept me continually gripped throughout. There are also a lot of ‘normal’ scenes with less action and drama and surprisingly they were some of my favourite parts of the novel because I got very connected to Paige, the main character.
What surprised me the most about this book was the characters. I’ve read a lot of books that essentially have the same set of characters who aren’t necessarily two-dimensional, but they are very predictable. However the characters in ‘The Bone Season’ felt very unique and fresh, particularly Warden and Nashira.
So on the whole I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read the sequel and to meet Samantha Shannon next week!