Review: The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
on August 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
three-stars
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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.

Supposedly this book is the first part of a 7 part series…I don’t know how in the world that will happen, but more power to the author Samantha Shannon for totally going for it. This booked was so talked about and so hyped up, I thought it was going to just blow me away. I put it down after about 10 pages completely overwhelmed and confused by the amount of info dumping in just the first chapter. It was so confusing trying to figure out all the slang and new words they were using, I got frustrated and lost interest.

I finally forced myself to pick it up again, and just powered through it. After awhile, I started to get the hang of what was going on in this new world that had been created, and my interest in the actual story started to develop. It was just so slow, and I kept getting bogged down in all the words. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, and I started reading at a very young age, so I very rarely have to pull out a dictionary to look stuff up, but I totally did in this book. It was almost like the author would throw in extremely difficult vocabulary on purpose, it really aggravated me. I only continued to read it because underneath all the words, was an interesting story that pulled me along. I wanted to find out what happened to Paige, and there was enough action and adventure to keep me invested in this book.

The love story was totally bogus though because it was all Stockholm syndrome if you ask me. I hate when the girl falls for the bad guy that has kidnapped her. Several time during the story she even nurses him back to health…what?? Not me. I would have stabbed him the minute I had  a chance. It was not believable and I definitely was  not pulling for them to be together.

Also, she wants to go back home, but not to her dad, her mime lord that obviously is using her and doesn’t give two craps about her, and her gay crush that broke her heart. Say what?? According to her they are her peeps and they are the ones that care about her. Okay. So I really had trouble connecting with this chick…I really wanted to slap her for not being very smart.

I really am not bashing this book. I mean, I read the whole thing ,and to be so young the author did a great job. Maybe it’s because it was so hyped up, it just made me expect too much from the beginning. For whatever reason, I just had to find out what happened at the end. That is unusual for me because normally if I’m not liking something, or it’s just not for me, I will DNF a book real quick. I don’t have time to read books that I don’t like.

I gave this one three stars because even though there were lots of things I had trouble with, underneath it all was a fabulous idea that pulled me along to the end. I have no idea if I will read the next one. Maybe I will give it a try just to see if some of the problems have resolved the next time around.

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