The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Published: August 20, 2013
Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t believe it took me so long to pick up! I originally purchased it in 2015 when Samantha Shannon and Sarah J. Maas did a joint signing less than an hour away from me. I’m really glad I have a signed copy now, because this series easily falls within my favorites of all time (FoaT)!
The world of the Scion was enrapturing–sort of a mix of Dystopian fiction, and X-Men, which are two things I love. While the world building did take a while, it was needed because Shannon has so many layers to the world. At times, the jargon of Scion London could become very confusing because a word was used pages before it was defined. There were a few parts where I had to stop and flip around in confusion because I wasn’t really sure what was being described. It was for this reason The Bone Season was put down on my first attempt at a read-through. This book definitely requires full attention (for all my fellow read-six-books-at-a-time-rs).
The tension between Paige and Warren is absolutely mouthwatering. I found myself drawn to Warren (as I am with most tortured “I can’t love you” types). This book wasn’t marketed for romance, and Paige is mainly focused on getting out of the colony throughout the story (as she well should be). This of course did not at all deter me from savagely shipping this couple from the first time they meet. While I’d like this ship to sail off into the sunset, it’s a good thing smooth waters aren’t present because this book is the first in a SEPTET! As of right now, only three are out, so there is still plenty of time for my romantic pairing of choice to develop!
A unique thing that Shannon has decided to do for this series is make each book a slightly different “genre”. In the author’s own words:
“The Bone Season was a prison break; The Mime Order was a murder mystery; The Song Rising is, at its heart, a heist, while Book 4 is a touch more political, laced with subterfuge. Books 5-7 are going to be so different tonally, with such a different focus, that I’ve mentally classified them as a second ‘arc’ to the series, even though they follow the same core cast of characters. I wanted it to be this way so the reader never knows what to expect when they pick up a Bone Season book, and finds it nigh-on impossible to guess the outcome of the series as a whole.” (see the original post by Samantha Shannon HERE)
While this is certainly an amazing and novel idea that will keep readers on their toes, I dread finishing the books that are out because then I’ll have to WAIT for the next one.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian/fantasies. The world is so immersive, that once I got sucked in I couldn’t get out! I can’t wait to finish The Mime Order and find out what else this world has in store. If you’re interested in reading, keep scrolling down for a How To Read section!
HOW TO READ: THE BONE SEASON
- There is music interspersed throughout the book, and if you’re interested in reading, definitely have this playlist handy. Listening to the “soundtrack” really creates the mood and serves to further engross you in the story.
Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday
Danse Macabre (Jaxon’s Theme) – Camille Saint-Saëns
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? – Bing Crosby
Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes
Molly Malone – Unknown
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance (With You) – Frank Sinatra
It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie – The Ink Spots
Komm, süßer Tod (Come, Sweet Death) – J. S. Bach
I’ll Be Home – The Flamingos
Fantaisie-Impromptu – Frédéric Chopin
Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two) – Harry Dacre
- Make sure you’re ready to sit down and READ. I know I’ve said it above, but the world building requires full attention. Skimming a page can lead to not knowing what’s happening a few pages later!
- Grab a hot cup of tea, curl up, and enjoy!