Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Bone seasonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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 did enjoy Bone Season but for me it was a bit to YA. I would have prefered it to be darker considering the subject matter. I did think the plot was very inventive and a lot of story arcs packed into a tight package. I was surprised to learn that this is the first part in a seven book series. Wow that is ambitious. I am not even sure if I want to read the second book in the series, let alone commit a large chunk of what is left of my life to it.  I hope that like in Rowlings, Harry Potter, there is a progression from childhood to adult as far as content because if all the books are as Young Adult like as this one was; I shan’t be bothering.

The verdict is: Bone Season was a good book and it was worth reading. I think I will defer judgement until I read at least one more book in the series.

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