Author: Samantha Shannon
I’ve lost a lot of love for novels aimed at YA’s recently. If I read a book and think, “I could have written this”, it tends to mean I don’t think the book is that great. This is the precise reason I’ve avoided many popular novels that have been written in recent years. “The Bone Season” was one of these novels. I purchased a copy for my sister’s birthday last year, and this week picked it up for a read. I was looking for something different, something to ignite my interest in a series again, and finally I’ve found the perfect book!
“The Bone Season”, originally released back in 2013, is the first in an estimated seven-book series by talented young author Samantha Shannon. It follows nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney, who lives in London, in an alternative future. On the surface, her dad thinks she works in a dead-end job for an ‘oxygen bar’ (alcohol is forbidden) but in reality, Paige is a criminal. She works in the underworld of Scion London, stealing information from peoples minds. How can she do that? Paige is a clairvoyant, a dreamwalker. Her unusual talents would have her killed by the Underguard’s that patrol the city, and used by the mime lords who collect people with her power.
In her job, they are put to use by her mime lord, Jaxon. Her work isn’t easy, and is highly dangerous. When something goes wrong, Paige finds herself prisoner to a secret sect in Oxford, run by the Rephaim. She must live and survive in the home of the enemy, but to escape she must put her trust in the very person holding her captive.
When you start reading “The Bone Season” you enter into a whole new world. There are new words to learn, and the future is very different to the one we all know. To build a universe from scratch is an extraordinarily difficult task, but one that Shannon has achieved. The amount of effort that has gone into the plot is so refreshing to see. Shannon knows her characters, and she knows her story and plot. That, above all, is essential to writing a great story.
The first person perspective is used to the full, and readers are sucked into Paige’s viewpoint. Paige herself is a feisty but compassionate character. She had the drive to push her forward, but her actions are thoughtful and make sense. Her life is intriguing, but more importantly I actually care about her.
It is easy to see why Paige’s captor, Warden, is a fan favourite. He is not your typical anti-hero. He is not human, and therefore readers don’t yet know his background, his past experiences and where his loyalties lie. I don’t want to say too much about the characters and plot because half to fun of this story is the read and judge for yourself. Although I will say that the blurb does this book no justice. It is incredible.
The second book in the series, “The Mime Order” has already been released, and I just hope the standard doesn’t slip. This series has renewed my love of reading, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. Review to come…
If you’ve read this book, what did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!