The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon
I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.
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.
I had heard many good reviews about this, but i hate eating for sequels, so I hesitated. I saw it on the shelf in the library last wee, and decided to give it a shot. After the first two chapters, I was considering putting it aside- it was a bit “out there” for me. I am not a huge fan of fantasy, but I kept going. I was soon caught up in this amazing world of Sheol 1, where Paige has been held captive by the Raphaite, and ancient race that controls the penal colony and also the main city of Scion, the former London. Paige is a dream walker, a rare clairvoyant.
Whew- I had to stop for a minute or else I would have gotten all wrapped up in this world again. I loved this book. The story pulls you and and will not let you go. I read this in 24 hours-and immediately searched the internet for when the sequel is coming- Does anyone know???
I definitely recommend this book- a must read.
4.5 out of 5
(I took .5 off, because at time it seems a little too complicated and I had to go back a few times- also not the best writing ever, but that gets overlooked when you are turning the pages so quickly)
“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”