Friday, August 30, 2013

THE BONE SEASON

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)Book Review:  The Bone Season

Author:  Samantha Shannon
Published:  August 2013
Series:  The Bone Season #1
Genre:  Adult Fantasy

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.



My Two Cents
Hmmm, so many thoughts flying around in my head about this book, so little time before the baby tyrant awakes!  On one hand, Shannon has created an original and thrilling world in The Bone Season.  The setting, while vivid, can be a bit confusing at times, downright creepy or boring, especially in the beginning where there is a ton of information dumping.  But if you stick with it, you can see why Bloosmsbury paid big money to be a part of The Bone Season (which reportedly will be a seven book series).  While I loved the setting and the defiant heroine Paige, there were quite a few loose ends or things that didn't really sit right with me.  My biggest problem?  The romance.  I really didn't expect this book to have much (especially since this is going to be a long series).  And while I'm sort of a romance junkee, I was perfectly fine with no smooching or true love in this book.  There was too much going on (in a completely good way).  But then, out of no where Paige is making out and having feelings for someone she loathed for the entire book!  Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance that begins with hatred for the other person but this one just didn't do it for me.  I think I needed more middle ground before they started going at it.  Despite my gripes, I think The Bone Season is an exhilarating story and I can't wait to read more of this series (which is good because it's going to be a long one), 4 out of 5 stars.  Read this if you think a mix of Harry Potter and Days of Blood and Starlight would make for an interested plot...and it totally did for me!   

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