Friday, October 4, 2013

Review: The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4.5 stars (I really enjoy this.)
Genre: Adult
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Count: 466 p.
Add it: Goodreads

In 2059 most of the world is controlled by Scion. Scion's goal is to wipe the world clean of clairvoyants, or unnaturals as they call them. Paige is one of these unnaturals, a rare breed called dreamwalkers. She has extraordinary abilities and therefore puts her in danger. She gets arrested and brought to the old city of Oxford. This isn't what she expected to happen and what she finds there she can barely comprehend. Instead of being killed like she thought her and the other clairvoyants are slaves to these otherworldly creatures. She is singled out though and is paired up with Warden. She has to learn all she can about these creatures and their weaknesses if she is to survive and break through to freedom.

What an intriguing tale. It almost felt sort of like a Harry Potter for adults. I enjoyed Paige as a character even if she was quite bull-headed at times. She seemed like a good heroine, not too cocky but full of power. It also didn't seem like she was purposefully being stubborn about her ability. She wasn't refusing what she clearly knew, she just didn't know her own strength because she had never experienced it.

The beginning of this novel was a bit tough because it seemed like a world building info-dump. Maybe I just haven't read too many books with other worlds, but this seemed very heavy in the beginning. I like the world that Samantha Shannon has created, though I would no like to live in it. There were lots of new concepts brought to the table in this novel and I am excited to see more.

There are many, many more books after this one and while I am looking forward to reading them, I might wait until they are all published. I just really feel like the rest would make a good binge read. I thought this book wrapped up nicely though, so if you wanted to see if you liked it there is no obligation to read all the other ones in order to finish. This was a really interesting and action-packed novel and I look forward to the rest.

First Line:
"I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning."

Favorite Line:
"His breath was hot."


  1. Despite the info dump, you sold me at the Harry Potter for adults bit. I am all about HP. And yeah, I heard that there were supposed to be 6 or 7 in the series. Which is a commitment, but if the series is any good, it'll be worth all the time spent :D

  2. I've seen this book around the blogosphere and at my local bookstore which did get me interested in it. I'll probably read it once more books are published though so I don't have to go through the wait.


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