The Bone Season
By Samantha Shannon
Publication date: Aug. 20, 2013
Bloomsbury, 480 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
If you haven’t heard of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon yet, I’d be shocked. It’s gotten a lot of hype: It’s the first pick for the new Today Book Club on the Today Show, the writer is a 21-year-old recent Oxford graduate and Andy Serkis (yes, Gollum) has already snagged the movie rights. There’s a lot to talk about.
And you know what? Don’t let it scare you. I know hype turns some people off, but believe me when I say: You need to read this book!
I knew I was in for a real treat when I opened my review copy to find pages upon pages of charts printed on the first few pages and a full-on GLOSSARY from the publisher tucked inside. To some that might seem daunting, too, but to me it says one thing: serious world-building!
I get so frustrated in stories like this when the world-building falls flat or doesn’t go very deep. The plot packs a lot in, so it is a bit hard to follow at first, but it’s so creepy and imaginative and captivating that soon time just flew by.
The Bone Season is the perfect read for fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. (Whoa, that’s a lot of Bone titles.) It definitely one-upped them for me and sets a new bar in terms of freshness, quirk and creativity.
Okay, and the forbidden love story helped too. But I’ll leave it to you to read it yourself and find out more about that one…eeee!