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The Bone Season

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Bone Season
In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 1620401398 (hbk.)
9781620401392 (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC SHANNON
Characteristics: 466 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

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Aug 17, 2014
  • kelly67 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book because it had SUCH an interesting plot that kept me wanting more!
Looking forward to "The Mime Lord" in October!

Jul 25, 2014
  • jellywife rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was really enjoying it until the last quarter of the book, which felt a bit rushed. I also felt that some of her character development was a little weak but I do think the author has potential.

Apr 23, 2014

Great potential but a dense read, perhaps because she is setting us up for the lengthy purported series. Accomplished first book for such a young author.

Mar 16, 2014
  • ventojef rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

couldn't get into this one at all. Too formulaic

Feb 20, 2014
  • emilyswartzer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Paige Mahoney is a 19-year old Dreamwalker. Some people commit high treason by actions, but Paige commits it by breathing. Dreamwalkers are very rare and only a few people know she is one. She works in the underworld of Scion, but she tells her dad a different story. After she kills an Underguard with her powers (that she didn't know could do that) in self-defense, Paige is drugged and kidnapped, where she is taken to the lost city of Oxford. The Flux has almost killed her and now she is captive. There are more voyants here. It's not just her. They are given to powerful Rephaim, who are a secret race of people, to be trained. Like obedient little dogs. The Warden is the one who has his eye on her. He is one of the most powerful Rephaim in Oxford or Sheol 1. Paige must now past the tests to be a red coat. But she doesn't want to be a red coat. That means you have killed someone. On her way back from giving Seb food, the Warden and other Rephaim surround her. She is taken to a chapel to perform the 1st task. She has to kill Seb. And Paige defies them. She refuses to kill the friend she has made. Now she must battle Aludra in order to keep her life. As she learns about the history of Sheol 1, and Bone Season XVIII, when the failed rebellion took place, and the Warden's part in it. She realizes that he isn't the enemy that she made him out to be. Paige is now the leader of the rebellion, and this time it won't fail. One of my favorite books ever! I must say, Samantha lives up to the hype. Said to be the next J.K. Rowling, I had high standards.I loved Paige as a character for many reasons: #1 You were given enough info throughout the book to know who she is without it all being backstory. #2 She is definitely a strong character. Paige fears Nashira, but that doesn't mean that she will be subdued. She stands up for things even if they have consequences. As a story it was also amazing. It was a little complex, but for me that made it all the more interesting. I honestly couldn't put it down. It will be torture waiting for the next book! If you haven't: A) read it B) own it or C) are going to read it, well, shame, shame on you. The Bone Season is a must-read. Side note: book two is now called The Mime Order. Set for a release date of October 21, 2014. Ughh. Such a long wait!

Jan 08, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting beginning for a planned seven book series (wow!). Taking place in an alternate, fantastical, future where clairvoyants (voyants) are numerous and hunted - an eighteen year old girl (a member of a local voyant gang at that) has her already dangerous world made even more so when she is kidnapped and enslaved by creatures from another world who apparently have a lot of control in her oppressive world and have a vested interest in voyants.

The world building here is fantastic, and not done in a big information dump at the beginning. The story is just told as it is with finer details being made apparent or defined as needed. There is a helpful glossary in the back if your 19th century slang needs a little bit of a dust off.

Beneath the fantasy, political undertones, and study of discrimination, we have the story of a young woman coming into her own as a voyant and as a woman. I cannot wait to see what the next books have in store.

Dec 01, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Earth's history has taken a vastly different course, it is full of ghosts, clairvoyants, and a race of beings, the Rephaim, that have dictated the course of events from the shadows. Paige is one of the clairvoyants, an unnatural, and persecuted for being born the way she is for her whole life. Like those around her, she struggles to find her bit of haven. A fighter through and through, she does what she must to survive, but still remains true to her morals even when taken to the colony of Sheol I, where she must face the truth about her world. There is more to this book than paranormal fights though, as a heavy emphasis is placed on the concept of discrimination, especially how it is used to install fear, indoctrinate people, and ultimately gain power. In some form or another, and to varying degrees, the characters discriminate against others. Jaxon does this against his own kind, because of his classification system; only powerful types are useful to him. Even Paige hates Warden blindly, basing her feelings solely on him being from a different species. Slowly, for Paige, this barrier is broken down. She discovers not only more about her powers, but her innermost self as well, thus allowing her to create stronger bonds. Her interactions with the Rephaim is namely with the Warden, her keeper and trainer, and while most of his brethren are shown as cruel, for an "alien" race they seem very human. Warden in particular, as he reveals things about himself, is far from an ancient unknowable mind.

Within such a strange setting there is a lot to explain; there is the necessary slew of terms to wade through in the beginning, but they become progressively easier to follow and pick up on. There is also a glossary in the back, and tables in the front. This is not a deterrent, for with such a fascinatingly conceived system to explore, and both its exciting turns and mysteries, it makes you want to find out more.

Several ends are left unanswered, leaving plenty of reason to make you want to read the upcoming books, and considering this is the authors debut novel, she shows incredible potential and her works are sure to only get better.

Nov 23, 2013
  • Peacelily rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Samantha Shannon has written an absolutely amazing first book. I cannot wait for the next one. I hope it's not too long a wait!

Oct 04, 2013
  • JimmyGman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this book!
As more people get their hands on this, and have a chance to review it, you should see a bunch more 5 star ratings. Samantha does a very credible job in creating a new world, one where "gifted" people are hunted, jailed, tortured and killed. Her hero (or heroine, if you prefer) is one Paige Mahoney. She is clearly flawed, and even near the end after experiencing all she's been through and admiting that she has matured, she makes some incredibly stupid decisions. Okay, that's it...my only complaint with regard to this book. The story is captivating, the characters have been imagined wonderfully, and the door is open (literally) for future books. Can't wait!

Oct 02, 2013

If you liked Harry Potter, then this is the book for you! first time author Samantha Shannon has created a magical version of Oxford (where she herself studied) in the first of what is projected to be a seven-book series.


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