The Bone Season: A Novel by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season: A Novel by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season: A Novel

bySamantha Shannon

Paperback | February 7, 2017

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Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a "dreamwalker," in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English language and literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season is her first novel and the first in a series. It is being published in twenty-one countries. Follow Samantha on Twitter: @say_shannon; and on her blog: ww...
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Title:The Bone Season: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8.23 × 5.54 × 1.52 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok. For me this book was fine, it's a nice dystopian, if not tropy at time (but what isn't.) there was just nothing "more" to catch my attention. and since it's a very long series, i'm on the verge about continuing it.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend This book was fantastic! It is absolutely mindblowing that this was a debut book! I am beyond excited that this is going to be a long series and I cannot get my hands on the sequel fast enough
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wasnt bad at all It was a really interesting book and I liked it but there were so many madeup terms that I didn't understand. THERE"S A GLOSSARY AT THE BACK WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL TO ME.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Out of this world. An absorbing and thrilling science fiction/steampunk adventure! The world-building in this first book of the series is masterful, complete with its own vocabulary and hierarchy of individuals.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fave! This book series is probably one of my favourites. It has so much detail and plots that are intricate. It starts off with a lot of detail and world building but it just keeps getting better.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bone Season It took a while to really get settled in and understand the terminology, but once I did I quite enjoyed this and became invested in the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Although of the world being hard to get into as nothing was really thoroughly explained, it is easier to follow as the book goes on! 4.5/5 stars
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting Amazing book!! The beginning can be a bit confusing, learning all the different terms but I could not put this book down! I binge-read the whole series so far and absolutely cannot wait for more!!! 10/10 would recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZINGG It's a favourite. The world is complex and the characters are unique. I would suggest this to anyone 18+ or someone who's read any number of adult fantasy books, not due to any violent or sexual content but because they will not appreciate it, the plot is not as fast as in young adult books and there's much more world building because again it's a complex world which requires explanations. I first listened to it on audiobook and had no trouble following it but some may need the charts on the back of the book.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the world building. hands down, the best i think i have really high standards for books because of how good or bad their world building is. this book - WORLD BUILDING IS AMAZING. character development isn't pitiful, and most of all, plot is NOT FILLED WITH PLOT HOLES. most of the time now, the books i've come across (YA books, at least) have terrible plots, not because it's uninteresting, but because it is FILLED to the brim with plot holes. and it takes away from the story, 100%. i am so glad this book isn't like that. it is a little slow in the beginning because of the introductory of the system and the type of setting the story is in, but once you catch on, it's really amazing. definitely read your way through it, it is so worth
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting and Brilliant I first read The Bone Season over three years ago. It was sophomore year of high school, I had my Chemistry and Physics finals the next day, and I made the choice to read just a FEW chapters of this book during my break. OF COURSE, ANY BOOKDRAGON WORTH HIS/ HER SALT KNOWS THAT A FEW CHAPTERS IN AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE TERM. And so, instead of finishing my revision, I sped read this book, dying for more Paige and Warden Scenes and barely concentrating on the plot. I bought myself a copy of The Mime Order later, but for some reason, I never really got to reading it. #TBRProblems. And so, when the LOVELY Folks over at Bloomsbury India sent me a SIGNED copy of book three, The Song Rising, I KNEW it was time to dive back in. (I’m also TOTALLY congratulating myself for finding the TIME to re-read and not cop out and read a recap) Long story short, THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANTLY CONSTRUCTED WORLDS WITH A HOST OF CHARACTERS I WAS ROOTING FOR FROM PAGE ONE AND I NEED MORE OF THIS WORLD AND EVERYONE IN. Things I Loved: 1. THE WORLD BUILDING: Hands down, The Bone Season has THE BEST WORLD BUILDING OUT THERE. I adored jumping into a futuristic London where breathing for Clairvoyants is considered High Treason. I LOVED THE SYNDICATE, Paige and even the very building of Sheol I. IT WAS ALL SO BRUTALLY REAL with the best host of characters. 2. PAIGE MAHONEY: I liked Paige when I initially read the book, but reading it again made her seem SO MUCH MORE BADASS. It’s so hard to describe who she is, but this girl was STRONG, TOUGH, POWERFUL AND SO SO REAL – I LOVED HER. "This was what my spirit loved to do, to wander in strange lands. It couldn't stand being trapped in one body all the time. it had wanderlust." 3. WARDEN: I have this policy – give me the worst guy in the book and I’ll probably feel something for him instead of for the Golden Boy/ Prom King. I ALREADY KNEW WARDEN but HOLY CRAP AM I IN LOVE WITH HIM THIS TIME AROUND. He was insufferable, powerful, understanding, kind, broken and scarred and his last few dialogues broke me and I can’t wait to meet him outside Sheol I in The Mime Order "She comes with me," It was Warden, and he looked demonic. "Run, oracle." 4. THE SEVEN SEALS: I feel like we didn’t see NEARLY enough of Paige’s main seven co-workers, who form the Inner Circle of Jaxon Hall’s (their Mime Lord’s) crew in The Bone Season, but I’m pretty sure they’re going to there SO MUCH MORE in book two and I CAN’T WAIT TO GET TO KNOW THEM. "I am giving you the option to call for help." When I looked at him, he said, "Call the Seven Seals." 5. I also really loved the general anticipation that I HAD TWO MORE BOOKS TO READ after this one (and four more after book three, but let’s not dwell on that now) (Yes, it’s a SEVEN BOOK SERIES!) because that means BINGE TIME! A highly addicting, brilliantly constructed swoon worthy book that I CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH! Samantha Shannon’s writing intricately spins a world of the best kind around you and you’ll love every second you’re living in it. GET READING.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's Tough but Worth It This book was tough to get into, and I almost put it down because the setting and all of the explanations that came along with it were very complicated and hard to keep track of. However, once I got over that, I was hooked on the story. The characters are lovable, and the book is set at a reasonable pace with lots of twists along the way. I can't wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique, complicated fantasy Reader beware: this is not a book you can skim read or 'leap right in' to the story. It is, however, bewilderingly unique for fantasy (which I have read a lot of lately), and quite thoroughly had me on the edge of my seat for the last 200 or so pages. I still don't understand a lot of the backstory or the characters' giftings, but I am nonetheless HERE FOR IT. Realistically, closer to a 4.5 but it gets a 4 because it was confusing as heck at the start.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Debut A bit hard for me to get into, but the ending intrigued me so I'll read the sequel
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cool dystopian world with unnecessary slave/owner romance An interesting dystopian magical alt London brought down by its uncomfortable and unnecessary slave/owner romance. Female protagonist could lead the resistance all on her own without being bogged down by her problematic love interest. Hoping the sequel is an improvement.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing Series Debut The beginning is a bit slow because there's a lot of world-building and it's hard to keep everything straight. However overall this was an entertaining read and the story and characters are pretty well-developed.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book confused me. On the one hand, it was brilliant. It's been a while since I entered a fantasy world that was as richly furbished with politics, slang, cultural biases, inbred fears and behaviors, systems of magic and beliefs. I felt almost overwhelmed with how much there was to know and learn about this fantasy world. I also felt overwhelmed by the oppressive sense of suffering and futility that characterized this book. From the get-go, our heroine has very little freedom, and she quickly ends up in a position where humanity is enslaved and debased by heartless, mystical overlords. The mistreatment and cruelty quickly got under my skin, as did the cultural attitudes in Oxford that, though understandable, still dehumanized and demoralized nearly everyone in the prison. It felt really dark and demoralizing, and portrayed humanity in a really base, pessimistic way. However, this book's redeeming quality was its heroine, Paige Mahoney. She refuses to take this debasement lying down and goes out of her way to see and treat her fellow inmates as human beings deserving of her respect. She works hard to help those less fortunate than her and is very smart and underhanded about the way she goes about destroying this terrible system. She was a strong, capable, sympathetic heroine going up against a very loathsome, overwhelming force, and so I enjoyed cheering her on every step of the way. This is not a series that I'll read when I want to be uplifted by an easy sense of pride and heroism, but it's definitely a series I'll come back to when I want to read about the underdog fighting for humanity against impossible odds. Also, it's just a really cool world that I'm excited to learn more about
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was good, until it wasn't I was really into the premise of this story, and even the first half. But then things started to fall apart near the end. The romance, I felt was really unnecessary, and I really wish Shannon just wrapped the story up in this one, or even a second novel. But seven novels just feels too much, since I don't think there's a whole lot to add. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay.. Plot was intriguing but overall too much and too confusing.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I just finished reading this and I thought it was great. There were a couple things within the book that I'm not a big fan of personally, but I can't say it without spoiling plot points. Overall though, this is a great story, can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was originally loaned this book by a friend and ended up loving it so much that I went out and bought it. I've now read it twice, and both times it's been thoroughly enjoyable. Though I must admit, at first it was a bit confusing with all the new terms, however, after a while the terms started to click and it became easier to follow. Overall this book was a real page turner; it was captivating and very difficult to put down. I'd recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from could not put it down there was action right from the first chapter could not wait to read the next. great character development . looking forward to her future books, I do not want the story to end.
Date published: 2015-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original, Captivating, Great Read I wasn't sure what to think about this book at first. There was certainly a lot of hype about it, and I find that books with so much hype rarely live up to it. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading and couldn't put it down. It's a set a few decades in the future, in a world that's history diverged from ours in the late 19th century. Clairvoyants started showing up with different abilities of varying strengths during this time. Society began to fear and shun them, so clairvoyants have to hide their abilities or risk being locked in the London tower and potentially executed. This was the start of Scion. Now back to our main character Paige, who's a clairvoyant with the rare ability to push her consciousness outside her body and look in on other voyants. She works for the syndicate that helps keep her safe from Scion's law enforcement. She's on her way to her non-voyant fathers when she's found by the law enforcers. She defends herself only to be drugged and arrested. She wakes to find herself in a town long thought lost, Oxford. Things become interesting at this point, which is where I'll stop the summary. Paige is an interesting character, she's 19 but obviously has experienced some hardships in her life having to constantly be on guard and hide her talent. This has matured her in a way that makes her seem older than her years. She is steadfast throughout the book, and cares about her friends. She doesn't have much growth from beginning to end, however there are supposed to be seven books in the series, so there is a lot of time for growth. And there was some gradual changes, just don't expect anything radical. Warden. What can I say about him. I think you should read the book to find out about him. The plot moves along nicely, and doesn't really lag at any point. Though I did find the passage of time to be ignored at times. A few sentences here or there to show how much time had elapsed, or some other way of showing how long it's been would make me a happier reader. It just seemed that everything happened really quickly, when there were lots of time between events. If you enjoyed Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Discovery of Witches, urban fantasy, alternate histories, give this book a chance. It may not be the next Harry Potter, but it is certainly a good read. Anyways time to start The Mime Order!
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have to admit that this was a real slow read for me in the beginning. The reason being was there are a huge collection of terms to keep straight. It was difficult to keep track of who did what and therefor the only reason why this book didn't receive 5 starts. That being said however, I could not put this book down!
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! With quite a few various terms to keep track of and learn, this story was a slow read at first. Do not let that deter you from reading it! I could not out this book down! An exceptional read that will keep you wanting more.
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great storyline - very original. Loved the world she created. Looking forward to the next instalment.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too many genres... A cross between Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and Beauty and the Beast...all rolled into one. Not bad for a young writer's first book but, at times it comes across as too juvenile. Even with the glossary many made up terms are left undefined. At one point the heroine has a broken wrist yet, is able to fight again two days later? ??
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bone Season Very compelling read. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Series has much work to do to live up to its hype What I liked: -World-Building!!! I was totally into the setup of the book: alternative history- yet futuristic, LONDON, Jewish mysticism (if you want a possible guess on what the the relationship between the Rephs and the Buzzers is going to be...check it out in the Bible). However, regardless of how fantastically a job she performs at establishing her world....she doesnt do a good job of explaining it (which she has plenty of space to do in the later books, so I wont that too harshly against her) -a system of 'magic' that seemed to follow a set of rules (however vague). I definetly would like the author to write up Jaxon's " On the Merits of Unnaturalness" pamphlet as an ebook or something. -The whole Seven Seals syndicate-hoping for more of that! -it had a very similar story arc to Sanderson's Mistborn (which I would definetly recommend): young woman with a unique set of abilities works on a criminal's crews, she is discovered by a group of people who know much more about the range of unique abilities and where her gifts land on that spectrum, she then is recruited to take down an oppressive government What I didn't like at all -the appendix: there are a LOT of terms in the book, and the provided appendix doesn't do a good job of covering the ones that are used frequently. I had to have a wiki-on standby to keep from drowning in all the clairvoyant terminology. There is a nice chart that organizes everything at the beginning...but it ALSO is full of terms that I wish were covered in the glossary, so I didnt have to pull out my cell everytime I came upon a new "-mancer" -the vagueness: there is a huge amount of data presented in this book, but some of it is fuzzy/inconsistent. One example, the use of spirits: Can all clairvoyants spool spirits, regardless if their talent is summoning or card-reading? How is it that Paige can spool/unspool spirits when she cant even sense them since her childhood poltergeist attack? How is Seb put into an spirit-lock if only willing poltergeists can be used in ethereal batteries? Whether or not this is an example of vague-writing or of something that we will have to "wait and see" should surface in The Mime Order. -The romance (this was the main nail-in-the-coffin for me): who didnt see that coming? And when it did arrive, it felt VERY forced. I should say that Im not adopting the "typical-male-stance-to-goopy-things" in this situation. The author spent way too much time in the book pitting yet another naïve injénue against yet another broody, mysterious stranger, one who (in this instance) she gushes over upon his first appearance. (You can almost hear Diana Krall crooning in the background) Truth be told, I felt more emotion in the few chapters detailing Paige's tragic crush on Nick than I did with the whole Warden/Paige dance of 'love-loathe ossciliation' (which felt like it took up half of the book). Upon finishing the book, I was left with the sense that the entire book was meant to be a vessel for this poor 'ship-story' (is that even a term?). Sorry for the hate here...but there were may personal 'ugh' moments for me through this. In the end, upon finishing The Bone Season, I was left with wanting more of things she only provided tangentially, and being annoying by other things that she provided in abundance. The description of the Mime-Order looks quite enticing, and it feels like a move in the right direction, but time will tell. 113 days and counting...
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The bone season Hard for me to keep reading ,but the end held me..
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Bone Season Interesting read .
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bone Season It's a good start. It's not a completely original story, but it was definitely interesting. I think that Shannon's world building is incredible, but her characters could use some fleshing out. I'm not 100% sold just yet, but I will definitely read the next book to see what direction the book will go.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bone Season I had seen Samantha Shannon described as "the next JK Rowling" and, Harry Potter fan that I am, I had to give this a go. Whilst I don't think I'd describe it the next Harry Potter personally, 'The Bone Season' is nevertheless a very compelling read, with an interesting concept and a fascinating cast of characters. Definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Takes some time to get through the terminology but once you get into it you become lost in this story.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unusual The plot is reminiscent of Twilight and Hunger Games - a mix, but with a twist of interpretation that is refreshing. Looking for the next instalment to develop this twist more fully!
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read Chicklit but highly intelligent, high level prose with literary artistry. Its a good read and merits praise.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard read for me. Wasn't crazy about it :(
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was very impressed with this novel. After reading some of the other reviews I was unsure if I should read this book or not. However, I am extremely happy that I chose it. I really enjoyed the concept and did not find it confusing as some of the other reviewers had mentioned. This is a definite page turner and it kept me reading! I would definitely suggest this read, and I know I will be passing my copy along to my friends to read!  
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Hype! I loved this book a lot. The Seven Seals were something exciting to read about and I truly enjoyed all the world-building and the supernatural element of this book. We get to learn about the voyants, the Scion, and the Rephaim. Everything was action-packed with our strong heroine, Paige. She's a special kind of voyant called a dreamwalker. When she gets kidnapped, she meets Warden who is her new master. I seriously cannot describe how amazing this book is and it's definitely not over hyped.  This book is unique and the plot was fast-paced. The romance was well-written and every aspect of this book was enjoyable. I would recommend everyone to read this!
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A friend gave me this book and I had heard none of the buzz surrounding it or the author so I really had no expectations when reading it. It was difficult to remember all of the different clairvoyants, the author created a complex world that was difficult to understand at first. I am still not truly certain that I understand it all but I didn't get hung up on all of the small details. I liked the premise and I am looking forward to seeing how far the main character's powers will grow. Also looking forward to seeing how relationships will progress. Overall, a good start to the series. I will certainly read the next book.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different read for me The clairvoyant angle got my attention and I like the way it was used. The aliens were also used in a way that worked for me. There were likable characters and bad guys that both were engaging. I wish I had noticed the glossary at the end before I got to it; I like books that put a glossary at the front.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read but.. It was poorly written at times, but once you're in the story it's not noticeable. I am looking foward to the next book as the ending left me wanting more.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not going to replace Harry Potter anytime soon I personally found the Bone Season did not live up to my expectations. It was difficult to get through until about 2/3 of the way in, when things finally got interesting and started to make sense. There were so many different types of clairvoyants and so little description for each of them that I would frequently find myself confused and frustrated, and the writing sometimes felt "off" to me. I unfortunately am not in the habit of flipping through to the back of a book when I start it, and therefore had no idea about the glossary until I finished, which might have improved things for me. That being said, by the end I was enjoying the story enough that some of the quirky writing no longer bothered me, and I will likely pick up the next books.
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The bone season Poorly written and disappointing :o (
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Imaaaannnne I love the book
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Excellent...a good choice if you enjoyed the hunger games.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good - But Not Up to the Hype I was pretty curious about Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season - the girl had scored a seven-book deal right out of Oxford. So there had to be something to it, right? Right. The truth to it, though, is that - although I did like the book - it's definitely not up to the hype that was created by the publishers for it. They said the " new J.K. Rowling"; I heard: a game-changing book by a brilliant new author. But that's not what THE BONE SEASON is at all. Samantha Shannon wrote a YA novel set in a dystopian future created by a rift in the spirit world that brought evil otherworldly beings to rule over human society in the Victorian age, coinciding with an epidemic of clairvoyance in humans. Voyant girl working in the London underworld gets kidnapped, becomes a slave to the evil otherworldly beings, expectedly rebel and falls in love with her captor, while sparking a new revolution among the slaves. Like I said, it’s not a bad book. But it’s not a game-changer, and it doesn’t feel original, and it isn’t good enough to make up for the lack of original elements. Do not expect any depth in how the themes are approached; you will not find any. That being said, do read if you enjoy YA dystopian fiction. It's alright. But don’t go into it expecting…well, expecting an ever-lasting classic. It’s probably going to be remembered as the biggest gamble a publishing house ever took on a literary fad. I hope for them it pays off.
Date published: 2013-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Brace yourself for a world full of unnaturals: criminal clairivoyants of future London. The first page of this book thrusts the reader into a marble swirl of paranormal and fantasy. The vocabulary might be a bit confusing at the start of the story, there are many new words that take a stretch to get used to. The slang used is supposedly based on language from historic London, I recommend having a peek at the glossary found at the back of the book before getting started. There isn’t much character development for the majority of this novel, but I have a feeling that it will come later on in the series, which will consist of 7 books. It takes quite a while for the full story of Paige’s background to emerge, and that might have made her character seem a bit flat. She does go through a change near the ending. I appreciated the fact that there wasn’t a rush when it came to romance. The tension built throughout the story between the two characters was interesting, it kept me guessing about what their relationship really was about. Shannon is a fairly new and young writer and she’s doing well for her first novel. Thinking back I still feel like there is something missing, but I know that I enjoyed this book and will definitely put faith in the author and read the next book. I’ll give her 3.5 OUT OF 5 Check out my blogspot: insubstanial.blogspot.com and tumblr: spasticmooseful.tumblr.com
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth reading, seems complicated.. But it is not. It is a simple read and easy to play guessing games with, but still worth the time. I will definitely pick up Bone Season #2.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bone Season Not typically my type of subject matter but well enough written to draw me in. Very good
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding read!! Incredible! Cannot wait for the next book!
Date published: 2013-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to a new series Pros: intricate world-building, strong female protagonist, glossary of terms / Cons: lots of characters to remember (no character list) / Paige Mahoney is a dreamwalker, able to send her spirit into the aether. She works for the criminal underworld of Scion London because clairvoyant powers like hers are illegal. Unnatural. A series of unfortunate events leaves her hunted by the Night Vigilance Division, voyants who work for the state against their own kind. But it's a different group that finds her. Instead of being executed or brought to the tower, she's drugged and woken up in a different city. She finds herself a prisoner of a race of beings called Rephaite. Beings who helped bring Scion to power. Beings who are now her masters. / The world building in this novel is incredible. Shannon has created 1) an alternate history from 1859, when clairvoyance became widespread, 2) a kind of caste system for clairvoyants, including numerous ways to access the aether, 3) a complex crime syndicate based in London, 4) a dystopian government that's extending its powers, 5) the Rephaite and Emim, and 6) the penal city of Sheol I. / While there are a few info dump style scenes, they're quick and intigrated into the story. And you really need them. So much is going on that the faster you're grounded in the background of each section, the more interesting the story is. The information is explained in different ways, the branches of clairvoyance are delivered via an infographic at the start of the novel, there's an orientation meeting for Shoel I, and Paige learns more about the city from other inmates. I really appreciated that Paige's flashbacks not only allowed you to learn more about her character but were used as a point of intrigue later on in the narrative. / Paige is a flawed but still kick-ass protagonist. She makes mistakes in the book and pays for them, but comes back fighting. Her progression through the book feels realistic. She's trying not to give in to hopelessness like so many others around her, while at the same time understanding that she has something to return to should she escape, unlike many of the others. / The Rephaite are fantastic bad guys. The more Paige learns about them, the more evil they become. And yet, she's drawn to her keeper, who isn't quite like the others. Their relationship is complicated and rather fun to read. / One of the few complaints I had about the novel was the large number of characters. There are Paige's syndicate members (by name and codename), people in government, people from history, numerous Rephaite, and the people in Shoel I, who you have to remember by both name and number. The numbers could confuse you too, as Paige was sometimes her full number, XX-59-40, sometimes XX-40 and sometimes just 40. A list of characters, with their numbers/aliases, would have been a helpful addition alongside the included glossary of terms (which I had to refer to several times towards the end of the book). / Another complaint was that amaranth became too powerful towards the end of the novel, which reduced tension in some otherwise tense scenes. / This is the first of a planned 7 book series. Given everything introduced in this book, I can't wait to see what the author does next. There's so much left unexplored, especially with regards to the Rephaite. And while this book is definitely open ended, there is a sense of completion to this volume, which I appreciated.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mediocre at Best Little originality and poor writing do not help in this dystopia want to be that lacks strong foundation and characters.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The season is here The expectations surrounding "The Bone Season" must be off the charts. Being called the "the next JK Rowling" surely isn't something to take lightly, especially when you're a debut author in your early 20s completing your degree and signed by Bloomsbury to a six-figure three-book deal of a seven-part series. No since Rowling has Bloomsbury invested so much in a newcomer. They must really be banking on this to be The Next Big Thing, and it definitely has the potential to truly be as close a phenomenon as Harry Potter is. Samantha Shannon mostly lives up to the hype and has created a world that is refreshingly intriguing, yet charmingly reminiscent to worlds known. It is by no means like the Harry Potter series, in fact, I find it more similar in tone and content to The Hunger Games trilogy. Still, it collects the best of every teen crossover success stories - the strong-willed female protagonist in a dystopian setting from Hunger Games, a supernatural romance that would thrill the Twilight fandom, and the magical ethereality evoked from the world of Harry Potter - and owns it well. There are parts that can surely be tinkered with, but for a first go, "The Bone Season" provides countless of thrills and mysteries of a whole new world to be explored. Admittedly, trying to fully grasp every aspect of this clairvoyant world - its various orders, the laws and traditions and slang used by its people, requires much brain power and can be taxing, but it is wanting to know more of each detail of Scion and its inner workings which makes this ride so enjoyable and satisfying. It is Science Fiction, it is Fantasy, it is Young Adult, and it is a page-turner that will leave readers wanting more. With film rights already optioned by Andy Serkis' film company, "The Bone Season" is set to get the treatment the other popular book series has gotten, or will be getting (Divergent, yes you). Plus, with an extensive global marketing campaign to kick off its publication, it's safe to say that all eyes will be on this. Be excited. The season is here.
Date published: 2013-07-22

Editorial Reviews

"Compelling . . . a heroine every bit as gutsy as Katniss Everdeen. J.K. Rowling's now-grown readers are the natural audience for this complex fantasy . . . There's great imagination at work here." -People"[The Bone Season] invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the bucolic mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkien." -USA Today"The Bone Season has got a lot going for it, particularly its clipped pace and exciting story line. The future Shannon presents is frightening and well-imagined, and her complex hierarchy is fascinating." -Washington Post"Intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing . . . Shannon has remarkable talent for world-building . . . . but her most sublime otherworldly creation is the complex, ever evolving, scrappy yet touching Paige Mahoney." -NPR.org"A dystopian thriller that delivers . . . . [The Bone Season] gallops along . . . daring its readers to keep up even as it sinks in its hooks with crackerjack action [and] deftly-accentuated conflict . . . Shannon has a faultless instinct for the prerogatives of storytelling, for the engine that makes an adventure novel go . . . It's the sort of novel you inhale in two or three days." -Salon"Engaging and exciting. It's energetic, imaginative, and engrossing . . . Buy it, read it, and enjoy." -TOR.com"[A] dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom . . . the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer." -starred review, Booklist"This book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex." -Kirkus Reviews"Shannon offers up a richly imagined debut . . .The internal mythology is complex and intriguing, the emotional struggle is captivating, and the pace rarely falters as Paige unravels the mysteries and dangers of her new home." -Publishers Weekly"Part Lisbeth Salander, part Oliver Twist . . . the strong and resourceful Paige is a memorable heroine . . . One buzz book that just might merit its hype." -The Book Case on BookPage.com