The Bone Season (Bone Season #1)
by Samantha Shannon
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and 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.
The originality of this novel is so captivating. No joke, this book is unlike anything you’ll ever read and I am still so fascinated about how Ms Shannon managed to conjure up such a vivid world that many readers have never encountered.
Our heroine, Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare and illegal ability in Scion London (a scary, alternative future). This book takes a long time to get used to. There’s specific lingo to this world and it wasn’t until I found out about the glossary at the back did I feel a bit more familiar about the world. Paige is not a stupid character so she’s good by my books. She’s strong but not foolishly stubborn, she’s skilled but not pretentious, she’s optimistic but not irrational. She’s an equally balanced character who can survive anything. There are a lot of times where she is just about to bolt out of the Rephaim’s place but logic and careful thinking stops her from getting herself caught. I really admired that control of her sudden instincts.
She is a clairvoyant and of course because they are different, they are essentially persecuted by Scion London. They are caught, put in the Tower of London and pretty much disappear from the society without a trace. Paige happens to be captured when she is stuck in an unfortunate conflict on the train and from here, she finds out that those who have been imprisoned have actually been taken to the Rephaites, a group of unearthly beings who are recruiting them as slaves to fight the Emim, more unearthly but this time blood-thirsty creatures who are apparently a threat to the world. But they aren’t the main problem, the main problem is trying to escape the Rephaites and their merciless behaviour. And Warden is the only Rephaite that will help Paige do this.
It is such a captivating and exhilarating read. I recommend finding that glossary before starting because it will definitely be your guide in reading this book. Original, fascinating and unlike any other book you’ll ever encounter.
IT’S SO GOOD!