Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Synopsis: 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.
I’ve never really thought about reading The Bone Season but I have heard many good things about it and when Sam was gifting people a copy I was lucky there was a copy left! I was a little unsure about the book at first but come to the middle of the book I could not put it down. The book is about Paige who is a 19-year-old girl and has committed treason. In the world of Scion, those who are clairvoyant, or unnaturals as Scion calls them, are dangerous and are not welcomed. Those who are captured are taken away. Paige is a clairvoyant, a dreamwalker to be more specific. But Paige just doesn’t wander around the streets hopeless and lost. She works for the criminal underworld. But when something goes awry, Paige is captured and taken to Oxford, a place long forgotten. But when she arrives it is not the place of a city once forgotten. A species called Rephaite control the city. Paige is selected by a Rephaite who goes by Warden. Warden controls Paige, he is her master, trainer, and her enemy, he has taken Paige’s freedom away. The thing she most wants back. But in order to do that, she must be nurtured in a place that is meant to be the place she dies.
At times through this book I was a little confused. Some things about the clairvoyants and the aether had me confused but as the book went on it became more clear. Words in this book left me a bit confused but using context clues(thank you school, something you taught me actually came in handy lol) helped me understand them a little but not much. But as the book grows on and we learn more about Paige through her memories those things became clear to me and as things were discussed I was able to get a grasp on most of the things I was unclear about in the beginning. I realize there is a glossary in the back of the book for all the words but there was no way I could scroll back and forth and look for the word, it would have taken just too much work. I also had a trouble keeping up with all the different clairvoyants. I was reading the e-book version of this book so it wasn’t easy to switch back to the little info about the different clairvoyants. So maybe if I had been reading a physical copy of the book it would have been easier for me to keep up, but that was not the case. When a character was introduced along with their clairvoyant class(if they were clairvoyant) I often didn’t know what they did, and it was confusing to keep up with. Lucky though once I got more than halfway into the book I started picking things up and I think I know most clairvoyant class and what they do but not all, yet.
Another thing I found a bit confusing was the Rephaite and the Buzzars. But to avoid spoilers I will not delve into it too much. I didn’t really under the information presented about them. However I think we aren’t really suppose to understand them in the first book. Maybe in the second book we will go deeper in to the existence of the Rephaite. And one last thing I found confusing was the whole dreamscape stuff. It really sucked to not understand this because it plays a major part into Paige and what she can do as a clairvoyant. I haven’t checked the glossary fully yet so maybe this will be in there.
Okay so enough about all that was confusing to me, now onto what I did like about it. Though I did not understand all of it, I really liked the word building aspect of this book. Though it felt like it was just dumped right on you, figuring out the world and trying to grasp it wasn’t that big of a deal for me. I kind of liked how she did that because hopefully throughout all the books we will learn more about it and in the end they will all come together. I can definitely tell Shannon spent a lot of time thinking about this world and it definitely shows in the book. Every aspect of this book felt well thought out and it was quite enjoyable to read about and discover about.
I loved Paige as a main character. I loved her spirit and determination and her hope. Never once throughout the story did she lose hope or lose her fierceness. It was also fun to read about her discovering new aspects of herself, things she didn’t know she could do. Watching her grow and discover her strength throughout the book was fun and intriguing to read about.
Warden was an interesting character. We don’t quite get to know a ton about him. It felt that bits of information about him and who he as a character/person is scattered throughout the book and in the end they sort of come together. I feel like even at the end of the book we never really get a full picture of Warden as a character but I kind of like it that way. He is this mysterious character that hopefully in the next book we can learn more about him.
It was interesting to read and see the connection between Warden and Paige develop. The very first time we meet Warden in the book I knew who he was going to be to Paige and seeing that develop was nice. Throughout the book the object of trust and learning to trust pops up a lot and it was a nice aspect I felt to the book to see Paige struggle with it, along with Warden.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and was sad everytime I had to put it down. I cannot wait to continue this series and see what else happens.