Monday, 23 June 2014

Monday's Review of The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon



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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.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She recently finished her degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism.

In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season. Film rights to the novel were optioned by Andy Serkis's London-based production company The Imaginarium Studios in 2012, and acquired by Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Studios in October 2013. 
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Review of The Bone Season
Rating: 4 stars

This story is told through the eyes of Paige, she’s a dreamwalker and a rare kind of clairvoyant. In London any type of supernatural is executed, or they just simply disappear.
Paige works in the Seven Seals for a master criminal and seems content in her role, yet her father has no idea just what Paige does as she pretends to work at an oxygen bar.

I read this book a while ago and should have written my review then as this one seems difficult and now I remember why. The first 40% of this book, I needed the dictionary that was placed at the back of the paperback book
Some sentences had so many new words that I really couldn’t make it add up, so I was back and forth like a yo yo. To make matters worse I remember my head was spinning, with so much information and then it settled a bit when Paige is arrested and taken to the clairvoyant prison, which is not what all clairvoyant believed it to be. Controlled by a race of Rephaim, immortals they use clairvoyant for their gifts. On arrival Paige is assigned a keeper and he is called Warden, he is feared by most. I think straight away I could see something different in Warden, and soon we do see a mutual respect blossom between these two. But no matter how much Warden tries to protect Paige, she is always on the war path, trying to protect the ones she cares for, and trying to get home to the Seven Seals.

The story was very unique, but also very confusing as in the terms that once Paige arrives at this prison a new set of rules, new words, and a new way is told to us, making you scrap everything you just learnt at the start of the book.

Overall I really did enjoy this book, it was something new and refreshing. With the style of writing and the complexity of words I’m not sure that I would read book two, or maybe I just need to give my head a rest for a while.