The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
#1 in THE BONE SEASON
August 20th 2013
I have a love/hate relationship with this story and I think this is mainly caused by the potential this story had that was not reached.
The author setting for this is very unique - fantasy characters set within a dystopian world.
The plot follows Paige who is a clairvoyant dream walker in a futuristic London. In the year 2059 Clairvoyant, more commonly called ‘voyants’, commit a crime by just existing. When Paige accidentally kills a man trying to escape being arrested, she is sent to a voyant prison controlled by a species called Rephaim who want to use the abilities of the voyants for their own gain. She is assigned to a Rephait keeper called “Warden”, a mysterious man she will have to learn and understand if she wants her freedom back.
This is the part of the story that I loved, the plot and premise. The Bone Season has every aspect I usually love about a good book.
Unfortunately this is where my likes for the book end. The character development in this story was bad, that's all I can say for it. Our main character Paige does not come across endearing at all and I found few qualities I actually liked about her. The bad characterisation doesn't stop with Paige though, and as I am typing this I am struggling to remember anyones names except for Warden, Nick and Jaxon. There are moments that happen to these secondary character where our main character feels for them, but is doesn't translate to the reader at all and I felt disconnected.
I don't want to read about a main characters emotions, I want to feel it with them.
When you start the book, you might get overwhelmed with the information presented to you, DON'T WORRY KEEP READING! Most of the information get repeated or its not very important (I know, every bit of information is important in books, but its just so much that i wanted it to end).
While this isn't a glowing review on this story, I would recommend this book to people. Its the first book in a potential 7 book series, its going to have its fault as it has to set the story for the other books. I am definitely going to read the second book, The Mime Order upon release in October.