The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon

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The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)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.

 

I picked up The  Bone Season originally because I’d been hearing some good things about it on Tumblr and Goodreads, and wanted to give it a try. Plus that cover is absolutely gorgeous and so intriguing!

The Bone Season is about a girl named Paige, who’s a rare type of clairvoyant in an alternate version of London where voyants are not only despised, but hunted down. She works for a “gang” of secret voyants, doing whatever tasks they ask of her, and manages to stay under the radar. Until one day she’s captured and is transported to a part of the country that she didn’t even know existed. It’s a place where voyants are valued as soldiers, and although she’s little more than a prisoner, at least she’s safe. But things aren’t what they seem, especially with her Rephaite keeper, and Paige soon finds herself in even more danger than she started.

There were parts of this book that I absolutely loved and then parts of it that I wasn’t overly impressed with. I can’t say this one blew me away, but it was definitely an enjoyable read!

For starters, the plot is incredibly unique and keeps you on your toes. The whole concept of the voyants in an alternate London was fascinating, as well as the fact that our heroine was a criminal who could watch her own back. The beginning was a little slow for me, but once Paige was captured and brought to the Rephaite city, things picked up. I loved learning about their secret society, and I loved learning about the Rephaim themselves. The whole thing was just really inventive and different from anything I’ve ever read!

The characters were a little less spectacular. Paige was a decent heroine, but I never was really able to connect with her. She seemed a little cold and distant at times, and all I wanted was to feel a little emotion from her, but it never really happened. Some people will definitely love her, but she wasn’t really my cup of tea. As for Warden, I felt similarly about him. He was mysterious and dangerous, but that’s all he ever was for me. We learned his backstory, but I felt that I never really got to know HIM, if you know what I mean. He seemed kind of flat and just…there.

While this book probably won’t go down as one of my favorites, it’s worth reading just for the world building and fast-paced plot! It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, that’s for sure.

Pages: 466

Date Published: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Rating: ★★★☆☆