Thursday, 13 April 2017

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Title: The Bone Season
Series: The Bone Season #1
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 452
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia

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.
My poor head. I developed a literal headache reading this book and to be honest, by two thirds of the way in I came to the realisation that I just don't care. I do not care. To be honest I can barely be bothered writing this review. I think I am so bitter because I stupidly went out and bought The Bone Season and The Mime Order in hardback just because I was so sure I was going to love it. I am not going to read the second book so what a waste of money. I could punch myself in the face. On the bright side though, I almost shelled out for the limited edition of The Song Rising that was signed by the author. I am so glad I didn't.

So back to the point. Why did I not like this book? Well I just didn't like the alternate history world, the clairvoyance system, or the London and Oxford setting. Why does it feel like most books set within the UK centre on London?! It's so, so boring. I hated the Rephaim, I thought they were ridiculous. Are they aliens? Vampiric angels? What on earth? I just didn't like it. At all. The book is ludicrously complicated which to be honest I should have expected after seeing the chart at the front of the book where there are no less than fifty two different types of 'voyant'. I would summarise the basic plot of the book but it would be so rambling and convoluted and would require at least two solid paragraphs. I frankly can't be bothered.

I really disliked the main character, Paige, she was terribly dull. Don't even get me started on the terrible romance! Total cringe with the slave/master dynamic. It was just so bad. I hated the idea of clairvoyance, dreamscapes, auras, and using spirits. What a waste of my time! Needless to say, this book is not my cup of tea at all and I would not recommend it.

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