August 21, 2017

REVIEW| The Bone Season (#0.5-2)

The Bone Season series (#0.5-2)
Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer

The Bone Season 

The Mime Order

Synopsis for The Bone Season:

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.


The Cover

Oh, aren't cover changes fun? And one of the most disappointing changes may always be this series. The whole reason I found this series was seeing that bold graphic blue on a table at Waterstones, picking it up and just thinking: "Woah! I need this!" Now, they're generic. Bit dull? Meh-ish.

I'd pass these if I didn't know who Samantha Shannon was, or the book series.

Thank you to Samantha for fighting for the matching hardcovers. 

The Content

  • The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season 0.5)

This is a little novella that was released back in December prior to the release of The Song Rising and can be bought either in ebook format or as bonus content in the new editions of The Bone Season. It follows Paige Mahoney during her early days at the Seven Dials and the tracking down of a rogue spirit.

This didn't really add anything to the main plot for me. I already knew the characters, who they were and how the Clairvoyant underworld worked in terms of Mime-Lord territory. I would recommend reading this novella prior to reading The Bone Season, it could help the info-dump nature of the first book. Just by establishing characters before starting Paige's story.

  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)
I have reread this book three times. That may not seem a lot, but for me that's sure as hell rare.

The Bone Season, is set in 2059. In a futuristic, dystopian United Kingdom. After an uprising in the number of Clairvoyants during 1859, have meant that they have become shunned and Paige Mahoney belongs to the Seven Dials, a protegee to mime-lord Jaxon Hall under the nose of the government in the criminal underworld.

I find first person narratives very hard to read, there has to be a definitive voice other than my own internal voice that allows the character to breathe away from the page and into being. Shannon encapsulates that for me- I can hear the soft Irish lilt of Paige’s voice kept me engaged with her story to tell. As are the other cast of characters.

Trying to get into The Bone Season can be a bit arborous, with a tendency to infodump for large chunks of the opening story. Which is the reason I have to knock a star off, because I find that to be clumsy storytelling. And one that does stagger the pacing.

  • The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)
Second book syndrome. 

Anyone know a few book series that suffers with it? What if I said that this book is the reason you should just make it to the end of The Bone Season

Could I convince you to read it then?

The crafting of The Mime Order is something I could only dream to achieve. JUST... THE ENDING?! It gets me every time. EVERY TIME. That's all I can say without spoiling anything. It just layers and layers of intricate plot webbing, peeling like fine cabbage leaves to get to the core center of everything: the government, the crime underworld, the Netherworld, the Rephaim, the Seven Dials, Nik, Jaxon, Warden... 

We get to see Paige in her common ground, Scion London, and I got that feeling of familiarity that Paige experience's, as well as the unfamiliarity from someone who has been away for any length of time. The kind where you move away, come back and everything is just on the cusp of being unrecognizable. 

This book is well-paced, gripping and worth getting to the end. 

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