Series: Scion, #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, NA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
The Bone Season is a highly complex novel with an incommensurable set of characters and an intense plot line. While the first quarter can be fairly daunting- with ranges of bumps such as platitudinously boring snippets and info dumping- The Bone Season has a lot to give and promise for future instalments.
But I’ll tell you now, do not expect Harry Potter. I have no idea who decided that this would be the next Harry Potter but that’s a large mouthful and can get pressuring to the author. Expect, a dystopian world with a creature-like race and a slash of clairvoyance and paranormal. Expect, a refreshing story from this young author. Expect… the unexpected.
My main concern before entering this novel was the world building. The synopsis draws a superbly convoluted world and quite a board of elements, and like I was expecting, the first quarter was complete info dump mania and mind fuck, though to a muted sensation. There’s quite a truckload to digest, as well as comprehend the main character’s situation. Shannon’s writing clearly shows some flaws, but also presents several strong techniques for the rest of the novel, to develop the world and make it sit comfortably in readers’ minds. With a bit of patience, The Bone Season will truly blow readers away with such an elaborate setting, as well as supporting dynamics- which I’m about to get to.
Paige was the ideal main character to throw into this world and follow through with. Her personality is by no means perfect, but contains many entertaining aspects to illustrate an independent young woman with determination, a steady mind and mind process. In which I believed was genuine and relatable, at times, she bordered impulsive however, her situations were rather beyond imagination. The way Shannon created Paige and the secondary characters clearly define a planned and variegated cast to complement the plot and world at ease.
Another smaller aspect that I instantly loved was the relationship between Paige and her father. While we do not get much time to observe the two interact further into the novel, at first the seemingly struggling quarter was enlighten by this connection. And it was not a simple one. There’s a friendliness between the two, however I could send an imaginary line cutting through the centre which was threaded with lies. I am surprisingly eager to see how this relationship grows in the next six novels and how it is meddled with into the plot.
Strongly strategised and entirely complex, the world and characters Shannon introduced in The Bone Season have been exorbitantly pleasing. Maybe a slow start yet definitely worth sticking around to. The overall pace, romance and execution are also points that strengthen this novel. Highly recommended even to non New Adult readers. (After all, I am not a person that reads New Adult fantasy.)
~Thank you Bloombury Australia for sending me this copy!~
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