It was like listening to someone tell you about their dreams. It was fantasy, not science fiction. I found it predictable, indulgent and not remotely plausible. I want to be convinced that an alternate world could work, but this one was not even close. Seems it was written for teenaged girls.
Maybe in print
I would have appreciated a faster pace, perhaps bringing the climax/action sequences closer to the middle of the book until leaving all the good stuff for the end.
I found the tone of Alana Kerr's voice very hard to discern and quite frankly, it made me want to fall asleep. Not an ideal quality in a narrator!
Interesting premise but too complicated to follow
I wonder if it's ok to say I "read" a book when I really listened to it??....
I really enjoyed the narrator After giving up on finding something to rival how much I enjoyed Hungar Games, this book restored my hope.
It is a Hungar Games-ish dystopian with a little X-men all with a little supernatural spin.
Haven't listened to anything of her other performances.
It was a tad slow at the beginning so I took breaks for the first part. But for the 2nd half I could have easily stayed up listening into the night!
Overall I enjoyed the story, but it was slow to get into. Perhaps it is me, but it took a bit for the parts of the alternative England/Europe to create enough context to support the story. In the end the character development worked and the story came together. Ending leaves the sense that there will be a sequel without it being cliff hanger. If so, I would try the next, which is one way of saying this was a worthwhile read/listen.
Original sci-fi dramatic
Just so very original, well developed story, took a whilst to appreciate the story, but in the end was a good read
Don't be scared of the future
I really enjoyed this book and I am hoping and looking for a sequel. It kind of leaves you hanging at the end like there is definitely more story to explore. The main character, Page, has just matured into her gift and it would be nice to explore the depth of her more as well as how the story continues in the struggle against the enemy. I liked the narration a lot and would like to hear more from her.
"The Bone Season" is the story of a dystopian future England, where psychics and similarly talented people are persecuted by the authorities. The psi people band together in underground criminal gangs. There were terms for everything, but as I listened to the book instead of reading it, I can't remember or spell the terms so I'll skip them.
It turns out that the authorities are, in turn, controlled by a powerful alien species that uses the psi people as slaves. Our heroine is taken in as a slave by the consort to the alien's female heir to the throne. What ensues is familiar from Regency romances: she hates him, but is attracted to him. He is attracted to his slave, but doesn't act on it because of his position. I guess it creates sexual tension, but I found it kind of tedious.
The tale is well-written and the author creates a detailed world (more like worlds, as the aliens live separately from humans in their own society.) I guess I just didn't see what the aliens wanted with Earth and its inhabitants if they were such hot stuff to begin with. As a group, they despise humans and want as little to do with them as possible--wouldn't it have been smarter to find a different world, one that is unpolluted by human presence? Where did they come from? What is their home world like and why did they feel compelled to come here and mess with us? What made it possible for an alien and a human to find each other sexually attractive?
OK, OK, it's a fantasy, not science fiction, but there was just too much missing for me to enjoy this book unreservedly--and as mentioned, the relationship between the protagonist and her master was a bit gagulous.
give me action
No. Only because of the performance. Good story.
There are a number of books one might compare this one too, Angelopolis, Divergent Trilogy, The Hunger Games. All have ignorance, intolorance,bigotry and subjugation themes and an underdog that over comes adversity.
The performers voice was with out flection, so one word blended into another.
It would have been except for the reader. Really found the lack of inflection annoying.
Northwest Island Guy
No, but that's doesn't really mean anything. I hardly ever read books twice.
It was absolutely wonderful. It took what was a fairly pedestrian story and turned it into something almost always enjoyable. I would listen to Alana Kerr read the phone book, seriously.
The story and the writing was not so great. Decent first book, but seriously needed an editor. But Alana Kerr made the characters come alive. She subtly changed her voice and accent as each character would speak, so you really knew who was speaking even without the context. Her reading was the only reason I could finish the book. I would listen to anything she read in the future. She is wonderful.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
The storyline was very intriguing, I think this was good for a first book. I'm looking forward to her sequel I like the mixture of sci-fy / romance.
I really did not like the narrator she was hard to understand it was almost like she was mumbling. In order to enjoy this story I had to read the book version.
Carolyn Mccormick,, Amy Rubinate Juliet mills
Yes I am looking forward to the movie...