The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Published August 20th, 2013, Bloomsbury USA
Hardcover; 452 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.72
My Rating: ★★★★
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.
I really enjoyed this book! I’m not usually a fan of dystopian novels but this one gripped me from the very first page. In addition to the compelling plot of the book the characters were really fantastic. I loved that Paige, the main character, was definitely a Strong Female Character even in her moments of desperation you could tell that she was vulnerable and not weak.
This book not only has a multitude of characters and a map but also an entire chart of the different levels of clairvoyance as well as it’s own dictionary! Um, yes, please. I’m hooked,
As soon as I realized I was going to finish this book, I immediately got up and went to the library and checked out the second in the series (The Mime Order). I didn’t have to work until much later in the afternoon and I wanted to be sure I could keep reading before bed! Haha
I’ve since read through The Mime Order as well and it did not disappoint, either. The next book in the series is due out in 2016 sometime and will be called The Song Rising. In addition to these, you can even read the pamphlet, On the Merits of Unnaturalness, written by Jaxon Hall. The Bone Season was Samantha Shannon’s first book.