By: Melanie | July 20, 2013 | (22) Comments

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: Scion, #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, NA
Pages: 480
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!~

4 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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22 Responses to Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

  1. Wait this is new adult? O_O I had absolutely no idea!

    This has been sitting on my Kindle for a while. The general reviews around this are ok so I think I’ll enjoy it. But info dumps? Yuck! It seems that once I get around those it’ll be ok though :3

    I’m with you on the comparing to HP thing. I don’t think anything should ever be compared to HP.
    1. It raises expectation 2. Everything is unique 3. It adds pressure to the author 4. It took HP years to become a phenomenon

    Thanks for the honest review!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yup it is! Well aparently the publisher marked it as adult fiction but it didn’t feel like that for me and it didn’t seem like young adult. Therefore, New Adult! 😀

  2. Great review! I’m dying to read this book after all the great reviews. I’m curious how that 7-part series is going to work out:)
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  3. Amelia says:

    I am so excited about this one, the diea sounds magnificent and Paige seems kick ass in her own ways.

    Fabulous review as always, Mel 😀

  4. Johanna says:

    Amazing review, Melanie!
    “the world and characters Shannon introduced in The Bone Season have been exorbitantly pleasing” <– Love the sound of that. World building and characters always sell it to me when they are done properly. I also enjoy family relationships.

  5. Ariella says:

    This seems so awesome and cool! I’ve been eyeing the Bone Season for a while and I can’t wait for it to come out! Great review, Melanie 🙂
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  6. Nara says:

    Woah! I seriously thought this was a young adult novel and not new adult. I actually have a copy lying around, which I really need to get to reading and reviewing haha. Nice to know that you enjoyed it! I think the reason people say that it’s the next Harry Potter is that apparently it’s supposed to have 7 books. Although I do agree that it puts undue pressure and expectations on the author.
    Nice review Melanie 🙂
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  7. This sounds really great!! I requested it, but never heard back. I think this is a book I will have to get when it comes out. Great review hon!
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  8. Stephanie B says:

    I’ve been kind of on the bricks with the whole New Adult genre so I’m happy to hear this turned out to actually be good. And may I just add what a LOVELY review this is, Mel? Truly. It makes me want to pick the book up myself.
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  9. YAY! I’m glad you felt similarly about this one! I completely agree about the start of the book. I think the general consensus so far seems to be that info-dumping is a slight weakness… but I’m thrilled to see you enjoyed this book overall, despite that. And YES about Paige’s father! I didn’t mention him in my own review, but I’m definitely curious about their relationship and look forward to seeing it explored across the rest of the series.

    Fantastic review, Mel!
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  10. I read this one a couple weeks ago and I agree with your take. It’s a very imaginative and ambitious story and a lot of information is conveyed in the first third of the book — my head was about to explode! I’m not sure if I can promise I’m on board for six more books, but I’m definitely intrigued enough that I’ll read the next installment.
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  11. Benji says:

    I love New Adult fantasy, there isn’t enough of it in my opinion. The Bone Season seems like no exception, I’ve heard a lot about this as Bloomsury does a pretty awesome job at publicising books. Father and daughter relationships are pretty cool. 😀 Well written review, Melanie.
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  12. Gayatri says:

    The plot sounds dangerously interesting! I might be reading this sooner or later cause it seems like it has a kick ass heroine and love those kinds ! Thanks for the awesome review!
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  13. Alana says:

    Great review! Thanks <3

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