Author: Samantha Shannon // Published: August 20, 2013
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.
“No, Paige. I am trying to help you.”
“Go to hell.”
“I already exist on a level of hell.”
“Exist on one that isn’t near mine.”
Don’t you love it when you dive into a book and don’t know what to expect, and then the book just blows you away. This was the case with The Bone Season. I started reading it out of curiosity. Quite a few people recommended it, and I was looking forward to seeing what I thought about it.
Okay, this book had the most unique plot. I’ve always been a fan of characters with powers and abilities. This book took all that to the next level. I was curious about literally everything in this book. Somethings were a little hard to grasp at first but with time things became a lot more clear. The glossary at the end of the book however was very helpful. There were a lot of terminologies and the glossary really helped keep my facts straight. I found the plot to be really fast-paced. I was hooked from the beginning and it didn’t take long for the action to finally start. Honestly, the story really had its hooks in me and it was so hard to put the book down.
“This was what my spirit longed to do, to wander in strange lands. It couldn’t stand being trapped in one body all the time. It had wanderlust.”
Paige has to be one of my favourite main characters. She had her moments of sarcasm, and I love that she could take care of herself. She cared about the people around her and she’s honestly such a great character to follow. I loved a lot of characters in this book. We didn’t get to see much of Paige’s crew but there were moments where I was rooting for everyone (won’t ruin this scene). When it came to Warden I was a tad bit uneasy. I knew there was more to him than what was portrayed but I couldn’t help but feel a little bit weary. One thing is for sure, the book took a turn I really wasn’t expecting. I definitely adored Nick. Especially the way Paige spoke about him. Jaxon Hall was a little iffy for me. He was amusing but I kept wondering if I could trust him or not. We also had some side characters that I adored.
This book was very different. It was a lot of sci-fi (which I don’t read much of) but with a nice fantasy twist. Samantha Shannon got me very invested in the story and the characters. There were some things that I never really thought I’d think about or enjoy, and somehow I was proved wrong. Overall, the book was fantastic. There was so much excitement and things were constantly happening. The world was pretty deep and I devoured every page. This book was so much more than what I expected and I’m so happy that I ended up loving it! I just had so much fun reading this. So excited to dive into book two soon.
“Run, little dreamer.”
About the Author
Samantha Shannon studied English Language and Literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first in a seven-book series, was a New York Times bestseller and the inaugural Today Book Club selection.
Her next novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, was published in February 2019 and became a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in London.
Have you read The Bone Season? What were your thought?