The Mime Order: The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Mime Order: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order: The Bone Season

bySamantha Shannon

Hardcover | January 27, 2015

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . .

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

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, the first novel in her seven-book series, was a TODAY Book Club pick and rights were sold in twenty-eight countries. Film rights were sold to 20th Centur...
Title:The Mime Order: The Bone SeasonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.5 × 6.57 × 1.53 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It took about half way through the book before things started getting good and the last part of the book was action packed. A little easier to follow along the series compared to the first book but you may have to wait at least a few years before expecting to complete the series - this is only book 2/7 and currently only the first 3 have been published!
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It took about half way through the book before things started getting good and the last part of the book was action packed. A little easier to follow along the series compared to the first book but you may have to wait at least a few years before expecting to complete the series - this is only book 2/7 and currently only the first 3 have been published!
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great second book I read this book immediately after finishing Bone Season and couldn't put it down
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than the first The world building in this series has been absolutely amazing. This book takes place in the criminal world where Paige was originally snatched from in the first book. There's so much political and social battling. I just couldn't get enough!
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from AMAZING It was great except I kind of liked the first one better. Just by a little
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible i told myself i would take it slow through this book and really submerge myself into everything, but IT IS SO GRIPPING AND ADDICTING. i finished this book so quick. #paigeandwarden jfc
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'M ADDICTED. SEND HELP. YES YES I KNOW. SERIES BINGES NEVER END WELL (#WithdrawalSymptoms), ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SERIES IS NOT EVEN HALF OVER, BUT I’M ADDICTED AND IT WOULD TAKE THE APOCALYPSE TO STOP ME NOW. In a nutshell, HELLO NEW FAVOURITE SERIES. Like I explained in my review of The Bone Season, I initially read the book over three years ago and being the YOUNG INEXPERIENCED SOUL THAT I WAS, I barely focused on the plot and instead skipped forward to ANY AND ALL #Paiden scenes. (I WAS FIFTEEN. SPARE ME YOUR JUDGEMENT.) and during my re-read of this LOVELY, I fell in love (once again) with Paige, Warden and also EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THIS BOOK. So, in the span of a few hours after I finished The Bone Season, I read BOTH novellas that the lovely Samantha Shannon has released (The Pale Dreamer and On The Merits of Unnaturalness) and the JUMPED into The Mime Order. I had to give this book a 4.5 stars and not a four PURELY because the beginning frustrated me a little, with Paige being indecisive about going back to the Seven Dials (when me, you and every Voyant in London knew she would) – it just seemed like a very pointless first few chapters, even though I LOVED THE FACT THAT I WAS STILL A TEMPORARY MEMBER IN THIS WORLD. THINGS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO DIVE INTO THIS SERIES: 1. THE ORDERS OF CLAIRVOYANCE: You will NEVER see a more brilliantly thought out plot than the orders (types) of Clairvoyants and also all of their different powers. Even though I read the guidebook, there are SO MANY and their powers are ALL BRILLIANT IN SUCH DIFFERENT WAYS, I loved slowly getting to know them and also bring immersed in their world. 2. A POWERFUL, REAL HEROINE: I loved Paige in this book, but NOT AS MUCH as in The Bone Season. She seemed to gain this sort of… Special Snowflake complex (you know, the one where the protagonist believes that he/ she is THE ONLY PERSON who can save the day.) but not so much that it got to me. I LOVED HOW SHE EXPLORED THE CONFINES OF HER DREAMWALKING ABILITIES, and how much better the got at it. While she was a slight special snowflake, it honestly didn’t matter because she was GENUINE, AFRAID AND ALSO FEARLESS and I couldn’t help but love her. 'We looked at each other for a long time. So much had happened in the weeks since the escape. We'd never met on neutral ground before.'" 3. ALL THE PAIGE AND WARDEN AWESOMENESS: While Warden was in Paige’s thoughts some of the time, IT NEVER EVER FELT LIKE PINING or some unrequited crush. They are unapologetically opposites that have this alliance that EVERYONE knows is turning into something more, but it is so BRILLIANT as they fight for their individual causes, and then also together and FOR EACH OTHER. *swoons* 'It's not that I don't want you. Only that I might want you too much. And for too long.'" 4. THE POLITICS AND THE CRIMINALS AND JAXON HALL: THIS BOOK IS SET IN THE CRIMINAL SYNDICATE OF LONDON. Have I NOT said that? If you loved Six Of Crows and Crooked Kingdom and ALL OF THE BRILLIANT Dialogue, this series is EVEN BETTER. Jaxon Hall, the Syndicate and the Unnatural Assembly with their politics, greed, murder and power will have you ITCHING FOR MORE. I will now stop my rant where I’ve used the word ‘Brilliant’ one time too many, but seriously, THIS SERIES IS SO WORTH DIVING INTO. Power, Greed, Freedom, Politics and Betrayal come together to form this MARVEL of a book that will suck you in and make you want to stay.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book!!! I picked up The Bone Season on a whim and absolutely loved it. I was so happy to see the same in depth, character development in the second one!!! I can't wait for the rest for the series!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She did it again! This book takes off right where the last ends and it did not disappoint! Since I read this book as soon as I was finished The Bone Season, it was great that the story just kept going like I hadn't put down the first.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Back on track, barely I wanted to give up on "The Mime Order" multiple times at the start. It jumped right into the immediate chaos that followed the end of the first book, and having read that more than a year and a half ago meant that I had a very hard time keeping up with the what, where, when, who, and hows of this elaborately thought-out world of Samantha Shannon. I found myself having to flip through The Bone Season just to familiarize myself with the story again, which helped tremendously, but by then, the many false starts had killed any built-up anticipation I had in reading it. I trudged on with half-hearted excitement, prepared to give this a dismal rating and brush off the rest of the series. Imagine my surprise when I started looking forward to turning each page and starting each chapter. I'm glad I didn't write this off. In the second half, "The Mime Order" eventually fell into the rhythm that I liked so much about "The Bone Season" with its unique narrative, crafty plotting, and energized pacing. The problem with the beginning was that it came out too abruptly and jarringly – a major event at the end of "The Bone Season" had changed the story and setting quite dramatically, and not having enough breathing space to reacquaint with them nearly smothered it. It felt like a same old brand new adventure that I had to explore yet again even though I frustratingly knew I should be more aware of some of it. There are series that can flow with ease from one book to the next even after prolonged periods between reads that make it easy on the reader (the most recent Golden Son of the Red Rising trilogy comes to mind as being an exceptional sequel in a series that was easy to jump back into); The Bone Season wasn't one of them, stumbling out of the gate in its second book. It took a while for Shannon to get the reader into a comfortable groove but she ultimately does. She had an uphill battle of bridging both books right from the beginning because of how vast the creativity and intricacy of her world-building is. This series is no bubble-gum fantasy, no mindless pulp fiction; it is one that requires time and patience to absorb and appreciate. But there is a point to just how far a series can and should stretch before it falls victim to its own "cleverness". The Bone Season is teetering perilously close to that fine line of being fresh and smart or becoming inaccessible in its own self-indulgence. For now, it has recovered and still has my vote of confidence, but I'll be less forgiving if the third instalment fails to get off to a good start.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sooo goood The beginning felt like a huge waiting game. I was literally waiting for a certain male to appear on the pages..But that didn’t happen until way further into the book. Samantha Shannon knows what she’s doing when she makes him appear. The first half is really all about Paige preparing for The Rose Ring, a battle (to the death) where one is crowned the leader of the land. The Rephiam do make an appearance, but I’m not going to divulge anything more than that. So much more of the Seven Seals are revealed and explored and I found the history of The Rephiam to be wholly fantastic. I wanted more answers and I did get a brief look. The one thing that is really hard with this series, is that there are so many terms and definitions, you’re overwhelmed and quite lost. I don’t know if there’s a glossary in the finished copy, but I really hope there is because it would help a lot. The ending was the most intense and made up for all the slow building in the middle. I literally had my heart in my hands because I didn’t know who was going to live or die, and I was also trying to understand what was going on. Battling in the Bone Season series is quite hard since they use spirits and use the reality of the dream landscape to battle. I really had trouble starting this, it dragged on a lot with nothing really happening, at least to my knowledge. Everything clicks together at the end, so it all works out and you realize, ohh this is why she sets it up like that. GOT IT! Overall, another fantastic edition to the series, and can’t wait for more!
Date published: 2015-02-19

Editorial Reviews

"An intoxicating urban-fantasy series . . . Shannon's haunting dystopian universe is rich in detail, consistent, suffused with familiar afternotes . . . Like Paige Mahoney, Shannon now has proven staying power. Her fans will be calling for more.""A gripping sequel." -US Weekly"While Bone Season was filled with action and exposition . . . betrayal and political intrigue take over in the excellent Mime Order . . . With the Unnatural Assembly and its colorful gangsters, Shannon goes full Scorsese . . . Tussling with poltergeists, showing her heroic mettle and even playing homicide detective, Paige makes great strides as a memorable character, and so does her author. If anyone was wondering how Shannon would stretch this story into seven books, the gut punch of the last line in The Mime Order will instead have them on tenterhooks for the next five." -USA Today"Shannon creates vividly dilapidated, macabre, and mysterious worlds both urban and within the dreamscapes Paige valiantly enters. The motley, elaborately costumed characters are compelling; the nonstop, often eerie action is riveting. And the story reverberates with echoes of the slave trade, industrial servitude, and classic gangster drama, all intensified by keenly imagined otherworldly combat. A Clockwork Orange meets A Tale of Two Cities meets Harry Potter in this clever, caring, and spellbinding tale, which promises more to come . . . as Shannon's exceptional fantasy saga continues." -Booklist, starred review"Full of the action, turns, and surprising revelations that readers have come to expect from Shannon, this new installment ends on a wholly unexpected twist." -Library Journal"Shannon's world-building is original and intriguing, especially the complex, almost mythic voyant underground." -Publishers Weekly"Her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot." -Kirkus Reviews"With a unique plot, impeccable world-building and important character connections, The Mime Order outshines its predecessor and becomes an intelligent, adventurous read." -Deseret News"[The Mime Order] boasts all of the suspense, intrigue and mystery of the first volume as well as an addictive storyline that will leave readers clamoring for the next chapters in Paige's ever-intensifying life . . . This deft effort to build on the complex world she constructed in the first installment will solidify the series' rightful place among the best of fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian fiction." -Shelf Awareness