“Nothing’s worse than a story without an end.”
― 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.
It’s been a bit since I’ve read a book and really enjoyed it. The Bone Season may have woken me up and got me back into reading.
I fell into a bit of a slump after forcing myself through a couple of books at the end of summer break, so I was optimistic when I picked up The Bone Season simply because it was there and I was interested.
I need to start with the premise of The Bone Season. When Jenn told me that she really enjoyed it and that it was about clairvoyance, I was skeptical. She didn’t say anymore than that but continued to insist that I read it.
Once I picked it up and started reading I realized very quickly that Samantha Shannon wasn’t writing about clairvoyance in the way that I knew it: cheesy fortune tellers and old ladies looking into glass balls predicting deaths. It was written in a way that made the reality plausible.
I know, you’re like, “yes, we call that magical realism,” but that’s not really how it works. It’s a normal world where spirits just happened to be more connected. If anything, this story is more of a dystopian as it follows an attempted — but failing — Utopian society.
Outside of the premise is a cast of characters that were vibrant and interesting. Our main character, Paige, has a band of friends that’s history is really well weaved into the overall plot of the story. I actually think had Shannon not gotten that history in I would have cared much less about the characters and the overall point of the entire book.
Shannon’s development of Paige is also impressive. We start the novel out with a young scared and unsure kid and end with this strong female lead that you can’t help but to root for.
Finally, if the characters and premise don’t do it for you, you can always go into it for the world building. Shannon has a whole series for this book, but in 450 pages she manages to tell a interesting story while building entire cities and governments that I actually cared to know more about.