Title: The Bone Season (Bone Season #1)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy > Paranormal
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.
Final Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
I’ve been eyeing this book for a couple of months now, and because Book Outlet is a fantastic website that fulfills all my book dreams without breaking my bank account, I finally had it in my hands. I had been hearing a lot of comments saying that Samantha Shannon is the next JK Rowling, or that the series as a whole is the next Harry Potter.
Frankly, I’m shocked. This book was nothing like Harry Potter. The plot was completely different, the characters were older, maturer, completely different. The only similarities I saw between the two are that this is also going to be a seven-book series, both authors are British and both are published by Bloomsbury. That is literally IT.
Having said that, I didn’t go into this book expecting the next Harry Potter, because JK Rowling’s shoes are a giant’s shoes- they are not only difficult to fill, they are impossible to fill for most us. I was pleasantly surprised by Ms. Shannon’s ability to imagine an intricate world with intricate dilemmas, multi-dimensional, fascinating characters and a gripping story that had me mesmerized and captivated from start to finish.
The story was fast-paced and gripping. From the very beginning, you know a lot is going to happen in this book because twenty pages in, there was already a plot twist- if you can call it that that early in the book. The plot was topsy-turvy, but it was never mundane or dull. It was exciting and adventurous, and I don’t think I’ve been so deeply engrossed in a story for a long time. I especially enjoyed that despite a lot of background information needed to follow through with the novel, Samantha Shannon doesn’t just dump it on you in the first chapter or anything. You learn more as the story progresses, through flashbacks, through conversations, through revelations. The history of the society felt like a part of the story, rather than a feature of the book (does that make sense?)
The world was confusing at first, because there are a lot of words and “categories” to keep up with, but bear with it. You get used to it. The world was extremely intricate, and although I wish that a little more attention would have been paid to the global aspect of the society Shannon was describing, I’m sure we will get to see that in the future books.
I was invested in the characters beyond belief. I don’t think I’ve liked a female protagonist this much since the Hunger Games or something. She’s strong, independent, feisty, inquisitive, but she’s also caring, and loving, and has that maternal instinct we so love. She’s not shallow or pretentious- she doesn’t remark on people’s beauty as much as female protagonists do, which usually annoys me. Her relationship with the other voyants, and the other humans was a delight to see unfold.
Warden- what can I say about Warden? I thought he was a very interesting, complex character. I still don’t know what his motives are, what his thought process is, who he really is. His relationship with Paige was very interesting, very layered. I was shipping them throughout the book, just yelling at them to wake up and see each other.
Jaxon Hall intrigued me beyond words. I’m so excited for the next books, so I can see why Jaxon is the way he is.
Spot-on character development. Spot-on.
Shannon writes flawlessly. Her words don’t feel forced; her writing flows effortlessly. I think she’s a creative genius, and I think the way she writes is very closely related to WHAT she writes. Nothing felt awkward— everything felt easy and flowing, even though the book can get quite confusing at times. I am astonished at the fact that she is so young and so adept. Makes me feel unaccomplished and insignificant. But really- good job!
Would I recommend? Always.
Would I re-read? Definitely.