Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
I didn't have the same preconceived notions as many other readers. I never heard of Shannon being the next Rowling. It was a popular fantasy book, I listened, and wasn't disappointed. There are very human and historical themes intricate to this plot--(mild spoilers) discrimination, segregation, and slavery...bringing about a dystopian feel, my favorite! The book is very heavy on the fantasy. I've read about my share of vamps and witches but this book takes the cake. Every chapter is steeped in the supernatural. There were some areas of stalling where I said "get on with it" but that doesn't make me any less excited for the next installment. If you like Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, or even Veronica Roth, you'll like this book.
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Yes, it's a very different world with a lot of different elements to take in. It is brutally detailed but the story keeps pace and it is thoroughly enthralling!
Everything is new with no frame of reference to another fantasy realm, an unusual and interesting experience for the reader.
She manages to bring each character out within few lines and makes the action pacy and enjoyable
I wanted the next book...now! Fabulous story...more...more...more!
There were several interesting characters. Change came to them slowly.
She has a lovely accent but it wasn't so heavy as to make It difficult to understand. She didn't differintiate her voice for the various character and sometimes her voice just became a drone.
It was confusing at first, trying to get a grasp on the alternate/future earth, but I qickly became absorbed.
I want to hear more about the characters and what will happen.
As many fellow reviewers have already mentioned, it was unfair for this book to be touted as the next Harry Potter. That could be a death sentence for any book. The only similarities I see between the two is a hidden world of magic.
Also, The Bone Season is much darker than most of the Harry Potter series. The story takes place in the fairly near future with most of the world ruled by an oppressive regime, Scion, aimed on suppressing those members of society that exhibit certain "magical" abilities. These abilities differ from person to person (with some abilities being more rare than others).
Less than a quarter of the way through the book, there is a major plot twist. So if you find yourself bored early on, just hang in there. I think Samantha Shannon has created a universe with a lot of potential. (Hopefully this is true since she is set to write 6 more books in this series.) I am eagerly anticipating the second installment.
The narrator wasn't bad, but she didn't quite do it for me. I may have to read the next book rather than listen to it.
Overall, I recommend this book to those who are interested in the supernatural genre.
I love a good story
The Irish accent. The main character is originally from Ireland and having the reader be Irish immersed me into the character.
Harry Potter??? but more sophisticated. The world that Shannon creates is so fantastical. It's an elaborate story in which a clairvoyants tries to save the human race.
Monotone, Soft, Quiet
The whole book was moving.
This was my third Audible book experience. The reader was softener spoken and not as animated as the two other books, but it was still an enjoyable listen.
haunting, unfamiliar, incomplete
I can't think of another book to compare this to. I would compare it to the bones of a cathedral. It is, by itself, fascinating... BUT it does not feel fleshed out and/or complete.
She did a good job at distinguishing characters from one another.
No, but it was one I wanted to listen to again as soon as I was finished.
It is the first book in a series, so that explains a lot, but so many parts of the world/characters are left in fog. I'm not sure it this was on purpose, after all, in real life no bad guy actually gives an explanatory monologue. For me, it added to the immersion, but i'm not sure it would work for everyone.
Biggest complaint: This is a TRILOGY, and I want book 2 NOW
But really, in all honesty, this a pretty good book. I think that this book does really well to establish a world, and it raises a LOT of questions about its structure that I hope will be solved later on. And I'm excited about that.
I will say the abilities are interesting, though, again, still not well understood. I hope more books will bring clarification. I was also slightly disappointed by the love arc. It's a dashing, mysterious, brooding, super handsome not-human that displays his weakness to our main character alone! For being so interesting in other areas, this section of the story is startlingly cliche. But don't let this stop you, I still think this is a good story.
As for the narrator, I will say she began to get on my nerves. She was a little monotonous, which I think may be partially due to the whole book being written with tiny sentences.
what an imagination!! great entertainment value. Can not wait for the next of the series. Sorry it is a series and yet glad it is a series. what thought and creativity. a good mind.
the author takes you to her imagined world, creates ethical situations, throws in love, conflicts, and in general makes it hard to let go when it is over. the narrator has just the right intonation to make the story just flow; enjoyed her lilt. I enjoyed her enough that I checked for other books she may have narrated.