First things first, I have fallen soooo much behind in reviewing my reads and I want to apologize! I’m still reading, but due to some health problems I haven’t been able to write all the reviews that I planned and wanted to share with you. They are coming up! I made myself a schedule (with some help from Debbie, who wrote an awesome post in which she shares her planning and scheduling methods) and I have my fingers crossed this will work out for me and I can keep up with it! Starting now, with my review of The Bone Season!The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on August 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Sci-Fi
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.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.
I had this book lying around for quite a while. And back when I bought it, this book just got so much attention from, well, everywhere, that I decided to put it away for a while and read it when things calmed down a bit. I should’ve known that I’d forget about it back then, so roughly a year after publication I finally decided to read it! And somewhere within the story and just past the huge amount of information – that you get thrown at you within the first chapters – I ended up incredibly intrigued with the beauty of the story unfolding on these pages.
Generally, and for pretty obvious reasons, I am not a big fan of ‘info-dumping.’ It often confuses me. I’ll have trouble remembering the details later on in the story, which then leads to me having to go back a few chapters to clear up whatever I’m not getting or understanding. While every now and then this was a bit of an issue for me, I found that as the story unfolded, I didn’t really mind it. Because along the way I ended up so incredibly intrigued by the world of clairvoyance, otherworldly races and the imagined dystopian nature of this well-crafted futuristic society, that it became easy to look past that minor flaw.
Samantha Shannon did such a great job weaving the concepts of clairvoyance, otherworldly races, and a dystopian society into an incredibly intriguing and original story. I just genuinely fell in love with the story and its characters. The story is intricate and fascinating and characters have their own distinct personalities. The characters pack that little something extra that defines them, which makes them memorable and easy to root for. Plus, I love how realistically she portrayed the relationships between characters, how they grow gradually and slowly. It never felt forced or rushed.
This is by no means a light read. It is a big book and it’s pretty lengthy, but if you’re willing to put some time into reading it, it won’t be for nothing. The story is original and incredibly gripping. As the first book (in an expected series of seven!) I think this first instalment is incredibly promising and I greatly look forward to its sequel!
Original, gripping, and a very well-crafted story! Which made for the slight case of info-dumping to be easily overlooked by all the other compelling aspects of this story. I very very much enjoyed (loved!) this story.