Book: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Synopsis: 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 by simply 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.
Review (spoiler free) I really enjoyed The Bone Season. The world is really intriguing. I love how it is set in the future and references people that used to be alive. This is the second time I have read this book. I liked it better this time around, and I’m super excited to read the sequel, The Mime Order.
Characters: Paige is a wonderful character. I don’t agree with all her decisions but for the most part I think I would do the same in her situation. I love how protective of her friends she is. It could be a person she just met or she has a bond with. Paige also is very dependent. She has people to lean on, but she’s not helpless on her own. Seeing her grow throughout the book and change was very cool. It is obvious that some events will impact her forever and he personality shows that.
I don’t know if I liked the Warden a lot. He was very secretive. There wasn’t a whole lot to his character but his backstory is intriguing. I’m really hoping we will get more on him in The Mime Order.
I wasn’t really for the romance. It was described as a beauty and the beast relationship but to me it didn’t fit that stereotype. It didn’t seem likely or right in the moment. Maybe I will like it more if it’s developed in but the scene it was introduced it wasn’t described as actual love.
Plot: The plot was slow at times but overall was the right pace. Constantly keeping me on the edge and always guessing. Although there was a lot of information dumping. In the beginning you are hit with all of information for a world that you are barely immersed in. This book had a nice mixture of heartbreaking, panic, and happy scenes. There was also quite a lot of plot twists.
Writing Style: Samantha has a really pleasant writing style. She had a way of describing it and bringing this world to life. The info dumping was a little bit of a bumpy start but it evens out. The writing style wasn’t too easy where I was just flying through it, I took my time to understand the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, much more than the first time. It had a nice mixture of character and plot so neither was outshining the other. It was a nice fantasy book to immerse yourself in. I’m super excited how her writing, the story, and characters develop in the next book. What did you think of The Bone Season?