Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone SeasonHeaders
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Book One of the Bone Season Series
Published on 20 August 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Kind of Young Adult (conflicting thoughts on this)
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I read this in hardcover.

“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”

Paige Mahoney is a nineteen-year-old clairvoyant known as a Dreamwalker who is part of a criminal ring of clairvoyants that run the underground of the dystopian future of London until she is kidnapped, drugged and forced into slavery by a race of beings kept secret by their corrupt government, Scion.

For full and better synopsis visit Goodreads.

Film rights were attained by the new London studio set up by Andy Serkis called Imaginarium Studios. No news on when the movie is set to begin filming.

I was a little apprehensive about this book due to some of the reviews that came out prior to its release and what I’ve heard from other people, but I ended up enjoying this book immensely. I honestly do not understand the comparison to J.K.Rowling. They are both British, both women and both have written / will write a seven book series. I believe the comparisons end there and the numerous poor reviews I have seen discussing how let down they were because of this comparison are kind of ridiculous in my opinion.

The Bone Season is made up of somewhat cliche components: teen girl (19), dystopian society, the main character being viewed as “special.” This makes it all sound unoriginal and boring yet Shannon manages to combine these overused ingredients with an awesomely unique world and fast pace action sequences that have you subconsciously holding your breath from page to page.

This book is not just action and science fiction, it also ties in politics and, in my opinion, a passing comment on intolerance. There are two main types of people in this world, the clairvoyants aka “voyants” and the non-clairvoyants / normal people called “amaurotics.” The disgust shown to the voyants and the forced segregation imposed on them in this world are similar to the treatment of mutants in the Marvel Universe of the X-Men comics and, of course, life for African Americans during the pre-civil rights days. I read an article in which Shannon explains her thought process while writing this book “…what it my dystopia dealt with the supernatural? What if there was a repeat of the Salem witch trials — and that the world had targeted people with ‘unnatural’ gifts?” (article).

Although I enjoyed this book I don’t think it deserves five stars due to a foreseeable and face-palming event that occurs in the book. This event is not something that can be brushed off. I do not think it was necessary for it to happen and honestly think the book would have been better without it. If you have read the book or if you don’t mind spoilers and would like to discuss this event, please email me!

This book sucks you into the world of Paige and her “unnatural” cohorts. An excellent new Sci-Fi read that has a strong female lead and a unique world to explore. I cannot wait to see how this series progresses and what happens to the characters that I have grown to love.

A pamphlet written by one of Shannon’s characters was actually written and released as a special limited edition hard copy. The pamphlet is mentioned frequently throughout the novel as it serves as the basis for the class system of clairvoyants. It’s called On the Merits of Unnnaturalness by Jaxon Hall. It is nearly impossible to get a hold of since only 500 pamphlets were printed. Info can be found here: Goodreads and Shannon’s blog.

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