Title: The Bone Season
Series: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Date: 28th June 2016
Synopsis from GoodReads:
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and 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 absolutely LOVED this book. It wasn’t the fastest read, but it was intriguing and unique, and I loved so many of the characters.
The pacing was consistent throughout, and it had a great balance of action and description. The world-building was spread throughout the novel, and there were no major ‘info-dumps’ anywhere. The world is well developed and unique, and I personally would describe the setting as a cross between dystopian and fantasy.
There are so many well-developed, rich characters in this story, not all of them lovable. I really enjoyed Paige as the protagonist, as she is strong-willed, clever and overall just a wonderful character. Warden is difficult to define; he is presented as the villain, but he is so lovable and amazing that you can’t help but love him. Jaxon, on the other hand, is a manipulative, controlling, frustrating character, and at this point in the series I just couldn’t bring myself to like him.
The ending of this book was fantastic, even if it does end on a minor cliffhanger. It left a great opening for the sequel to continue on from, and so I can’t wait to dive into The Mime Order. There was a teeny amount of romance in this book, and it was just perfection. I definitely wanted something to happen between those two characters, and it was well done, and balanced some of the darker elements of the story well.
It is definitely a darker, creepier story than I expected it to be, but I loved every moment of it.