The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

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The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

by Samantha Shannon

published by Bloomsbury

expected publication- January 2015

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

 

My Review

When I read The Bone Season last year, I was pretty surprised by how much I liked it.  It was certainly not my kind of book, a little too dystopian/sci fi for me.   But I loved it, and I was very excited for a chance to read the sequel before it was published.  Net Galley was very emphatic that the version I read is NOT the finalized version that will come out in January.  Well, I thought it was great!  It has been sometime since I read the first book, and it took me awhile to remember all the characters, especially since the names are all pretty strange.  Once I got that all sorted, I was hooked just as much as I was with the first book.  It is a little hard to actually summarize, but if you read and enjoyed The Bone Season, read this book.  Then sit around and wonder why the third isn’t out yet!  But keep in mind, this is the second in what is supposed to be a series of SEVEN books!  Yeah- lots to look forward to.

Summary

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dream walker is on. (from Goodreads)

Update-

I was just informed that The  Mime Order will be available as an audiobook on January 27th.  Here is a clip from it-

 https://soundcloud.com/audible/the-mime-order

Hope you enjoy it!

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The Bone Season- a review

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The Bone Season 

by Samantha Shannon

published by

2013

I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.

Summary

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.

My Review

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.

My Rating

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.”

Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there! http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

1.  Stephen King

The Shining & Doctor Sleep

I finally gave in and read The Shining and I loved it.  Doctor Sleep was just as good.  Now I have to get myself another but this amazing author.

2.  Rita Leganski

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

The first book I read for the She Reads book club and it was amazing!

3.  Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train

Another She Reads selection.

4.  Matthew Quick

Silver Linings Playbook

I want to reread this- the mark of a very good book!

5.  Liane Moriarty

The Husband’s Secret

I can’t wait to read her new one.

6.  Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season

I just finished this a few days ago and I am already itching for the next in the series- hurry it up Ms. Shannon!

7.  Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

One of the first books I read in 2013- beautiful.

8.  Kathleen Tesaro

 The Perfume Collector

I loved the dual narrative.

9. Charlie Lovette

The Bookman’s Tale

I love books about people who love books.

10.  Alyson Richman

The Lost Wife

I thought the author did a wonderful job with this story.