The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon #bookreview #fantasy #YA #scifi

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: December 15, 2016

Page Count: 554

My rating: 2 stars

About the book:

The New York Times bestselling first novel in the Bone Season series, an epic fantasy about a young woman fighting to use her powers and stay alive in an England entirely different from our own. 

In 2059, Scion has taken over most of the world’s cities, promising safety for all the citizens it deems worthy and wiping out clairvoyants wherever it can find them.

Paige Mahoney, though, is a clairvoyant–and a criminal just for existing. Paige is determined to fight Scion’s power, and as part of the Seven Seals, Paige has found a use for her powers: she scouts for information by breaking into others’ minds as they dream.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city, 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.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is the first book in the young adult science fiction fantasy series by the same name. Set in an alternate version of England in the not too distant future this one takes a look at clairvoyancy.

Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant in a world in which her power makes her a criminal. With having no choice in what to do with her life already being wanted Paige took a job with the Seven Seals using her power to gain information in the fight against Scion that controls the world.

However, Paige ends up captured and sent to a prison in another city controlled by  the Rephaim. It’s here where Paige ends up the property of Warden but Warden is unlike other masters and agrees to begin training Paige instead of treating her like other slaves.

Obviously from my rating this one just wasn’t my cup of tea at all. There were two huge factors to that feeling with one being I never really cared for Paige at all throughout the story. It’s basically one of those reads where she’s has that super special ability and ends up wanted for it but darn the girl had attitude making me root against her instead of for her.

And then of course you all may know what else is coming…. it’s just too darn long and drawn out for my taste. One note I made being it took almost 200 pages just to explain what a bone season was. If a slower paced read with complex world building sounds good though you may want to give this series a shot.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She started writing in abundance when she was twelve, started her first novel when she was fifteen, and studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, from 2010 – 2013, graduating with a 2:1.

In 2013, she published The Bone Season, the internationally bestselling first installment in a seven-book series of fantasy novels. Its first sequel, The Mime Order, was published in 2015, and she’s currently editing the third book in the series, The Song Rising. She is also working on a high fantasy novel. Film rights to the Bone Season are held by the Imaginarium Studios, Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.

Note: I don’t generally answer messages on Goodreads, but please feel free to contact me on Twitter (@say_shannon), Tumblr (sshannonauthor), or my blog.
Bio and photo from Goodreads.

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6 replies

  1. I know many people have liked this one, but I am not a lover of long tomes that don’t have much going on either. I guess it is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy it, it is a great one.

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    • Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed at all with it. It didn’t start out too bad but the more I learned and saw from Paige the more she irritated me and of course feeling so slow is an easy way to lose my attention. 😦


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