The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon
Published: 20.08.2013 by Bloomsbury
Rating: 4/5 stars – ★★★★
Synopsis: 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.
I redacted the synopsis of this book, because I feel like it’s too telling -although not majorly spoiler-y. I think this is truly all you need to know.
I have heard so many things about this novel. A lot of people absolutely adore it. Other people genuinely dislike it. I feel like the main reasons for dislike people have given were that the world was confusing, and so was the magic system. So you can understand that I was quite intimidated by this book. I waited quite a while before actually picking it up. It must have been on my shelf for month -if not a year. I’m kind of sad I waited so long, because I ended up truly enjoying this read.
I have to admit that this isn’t the easiest world-building to read. It takes a bit of concentration in the beginning to understand what is going on. So I’ll help you a bit. Here’s what’ going on.
Paige lives in London, which is a Scion city, in 2059. This basically means that being clairvoyant is deemed unnatural, and using the skills is forbidden. Well, having the skills is forbidden. So of course, underground criminal orders have been formed. I believe they are called Mime Orders, and the bosses are called Mime Lords. Paige works for one of the Mime Orders in London -under Jax Hall. She’s a dreamwalker, which means she can leave her body and wander into other people’s minds. I think.
This whole world is based on the fact that there is an ether, to which clairvoyants have access. It’s what Paige walks into when she’s dreamwalking for example. All that information should make it a bit clearer when you start reading.
I actually really enjoyed learning more about this world, the magic and its history. It wasn’t easy to figure it all out, but I liked having to thread all the information together. The history of Scion, London, Ireland, the types of clairvoyants. It’s all incredibly detailed, and Samantha Shannon must have spent ages creating it all.
The only thing I found a bit confusing is the types of clairvoyants. There is a list in the beginning -sort of like a family tree- with tons of different sorts of clairvoyants, and which type/class they belong to. But it doesn’t have any information about their actual powers. It’s just a name. So you kind of have to figure that out as you go along.
At first, I was like: where is this story going? It starts with Paige waking up from almost an hour in the ether, dreamwalking. We follow her as she goes home, and when everything goes wrong. I won’t tell you more than that -discover Paige’s journey for yourself!
I will admit that I was completely engrossed after a while. It took me a chapter or so to get into it, but after that I was hooked. I just wanted to continue reading. Aside from a fantasy/sci-fi feeling, this book has a great dystopian vibe to it. At one point, I remember thinking: this is what a more adult dystopian should be like! I say adult, because Paige is 19 and this does read as more of an adult book than a YA one.
It was an engrossing read, full of mysteries and discoveries. I was hooked right until the ending. Can I just say: what an ending? I mean, very interesting. There are so many possibilities for her story from here on. I’m excited to see what The Mime Order will bring.
There are only 2 people mentioned in the synopsis, so I’ll only talk about them.
First up, Paige. A true survivor. A strong woman. Loyal. That’s how I’d describe her. She embraces who she is -for the most part- and does her utter best to survive in a very unjust world. I liked how she didn’t just take everything for granted during the happenings in this book, but instead asked questions and analyzed everything critically. I actually really enjoyed her character. I’m all for kick-ass women who know what friendship is -and who wouldn’t betray their friends for anything. Loyalty is very important to me -I guess it’s the Hufflepuff in me- so I always appreciate true loyalty in books.
I wish I could say I loved Jax(on) too. I don’t. I really liked him in the beginning, because I felt like he gave Paige a home when so many others would have turned their backs. But while I was reading, I actually grew to be disgusted by him. Everything he did (and does), he did for profit. For himself.
There are many other interesting characters in this book. I liked reading about Paige’s friends in the Mime Order (especially Nick), and I loved getting to know the people Paige meets throughout the story.
The only thing I didn’t really like is the romance. I wish it would have been slower. That’s not something you’ll hear me say often, because I hate having to wait for a romance. Like in TV shows, where you have to wait for 5 seasons until they kiss. SERIOUSLY. But I felt like this had true potential to become an amazing slow-burning romance. Although I do like the guy, don’t get me wrong! I hope I’ll be more on board in the next book(s).
Overall, I’d highly recommend this book. Don’t be intimidated by the world-building, I promise it won’t be that difficult. I loved the story line, the characters and their adventures. I have high hopes for the next book.
Also, there will be like 7 books in the series, but only 2 have been released. That’s scary! It’s feels like the start of another George R.R. Martin situation. Kidding, no one is that bad.