To start off this review, I just wanted to say that the primary reason I began reading this book is because one of my bookstagram idols, Lauren of FictionTea, is always talking about how this is her favourite book of all time. Although, that being said, I probably went in with higher expectations than I should have, but it was a still a fun time.
The Bone Season begins in a futuristic London where being Clarvoyant is not only considered illegal, but also as a disease. As such, an underground crime syndicate of voyants has formed, out protagonist Paige being at the centre of one of the gangs. Very quickly, Paige’s whole life changes as she is captured by Scion – the main government – and wakes up in a hellish new city to live as a slave under the ætherial race known as the Rephiam.
I enjoyed Paige’s character a lot throughout this book, especially that she never regards herself as a damsel-in-distress but also knows when it’s time to ask for help. She’s empathetic and feels it in her heart when she hurts someone. Considering she is a character who could easily be a heartless killer, the amount of heart she has really makes me admire her. Through her eyes, you really feel for the other people around her who are suffering at the hands of the Rephiam and come to feel for them, too.
When it comes to the story, I did feel a little let down. I found that the classification of the voyant types and what that even meant to the individual people was very confusing to me and I eventually just stopped wondering what the words meant and rolled with it. It took me out of the story almost as much as the confusion of the passage of time. I also felt that the details of the uprising were rather sparse. That being said, I never stopped being interested in what was happening and I truly loved Paige so she alone kept me wanting to finish the book. I’m definitely curious about what the ending of this one will mean for her in the future and I plan on continuing the series for sure.
All in all, The Bone Season gets a 3.5 out of 5 from me. And lucky for me, the edition that I bought of this book included the prequel novella The Pale Dreamer!
With The Pale Dreamer, I liked it more than The Bone Season, and felt that it answered a several of the questions I had when reading. We get to learn more about The Seven Dials and how Paige began to fit into place as Jaxon’s mollisher. Since it is set when Paige has only been in the gang for a few weeks, there’s far more information about the kind of world she lives in as well as a more details about how the syndicate works. Not only that but we get to see more of the people she works with.
Given that the story was tight – and honestly super creepy based on the ghost story involved – and how much more detail was included, I give The Pale Dreamer a solid 4 out of 5.
I really am looking forward to getting to book two in this series. It was a rocky start, but I have come to care too much about the characters to not continue.
Author: Samantha Shannon
Published: August 20 2013
Synopsis: 19-year-old Paige is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped. She is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite. 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.
Author: Samantha Shannon
Published: December 6 2016
Synopsis: In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.