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I bought it!
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 really, really wanted to love this book. The Bone Season is the latest majorly hyped book. Samantha Shannon is being touted as the next J.K Rowling. Hmmm.. Unfortunately, I bought into the hype, and when I got around to reading The Bone Season, it wasn’t as good as I had anticipated or as good as the hype suggests. This isn’t to say I disliked the book. I didn’t. I think Samantha Shannon shows much promise as a writer. She’s so young too, she’s only going to improve. It’s just for me, it’s not what I had hoped.
The Bone Season is set in futuristic England where some of the population are born with psychic abilities. Our protagonist is a young clairvoyant Paige. The reader follows her as she is captured in London and taken to Oxford where she discovers the Rephaim, who have plans for the world and for Paige.
The Bone Season is incredibly readable, but at times, I felt there was a lot of ‘info dump’. Too much information was given at once making it hard to get my head around. I think this was worse in the beginning chapters. It was a lot to take in, which isn’t always desirable at the start of a long series. It wasn’t really until around the halfway mark, that I began to become really absorbed in the story.
I didn’t connect with Paige as much as I would’ve liked to, I guess this is something that might come with the further books in the series. She is an incredibly strong character, which is good. I don’t like reading about really weak, dependent female leads. I didn’t find the plot as exciting as I’d hoped. There were a lot of questions left unanswered. Of course, this could come later. I’m just not sure I’m overly bothered about continuing with the series to find out the answers to the questions.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- Although I wasn’t blown away by this book, I do think others will enjoy it much more than I did and this is why I do recommend it.