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The Bone Season | [Samantha Shannon]

The Bone Season

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, August 2013 - 21-year-old British author Samantha Shannon has been generating a lot of buzz for her debut novel The Bone Season, Book 1 in a projected seven book series. Not surprisingly, a lot of comparisons are already being drawn between Shannon and a certain other British author of a seven book series – J.K. Rowling. Shannon, however, deserves recognition in her own right for creating a fresh, unique world that is simultaneously fascinating and intimidating. The year is 2059, and Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant living in dystopian London. After unintentionally using her rare gift to commit murder, she is kidnapped by the Rephaim, an otherworldly race who have been secretly controlling the government for two centuries. Much like Paige, I found myself unable to escape the reality of the book – I simply could not put it down. Shannon’s epic debut – complete with suspense, paranormal gifts, rebellion, and even a little romance – already has me anxiously awaiting Book 2. In the meantime, I can’t wait to dive back into her world and experience The Bone Season in audio. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. 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.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

©2013 Samantha Shannon-Jones (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 09-30-13
    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 09-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

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    "YA Warning!"

    Too much girl teenage romance angst. I guess the story would have been good if I was a 15 year old girl. I found myself being so irritated with this story that I almost indulged in Road Rage.
    I really wish they would create a new category for this new flood of Romance Fantasy. Maybe if there was a Vampire like warning label on the book we would already know: Innocent but powerful (in something) girl, hates hot unbearable beautiful weirdo. Turns out he is different from the others and blah blah love for ever and ever.
    I would have given it a minus 10, but I have to be fair, just because something is not my genre, does not mean that it was that bad. I should have given it a three, but I just could not force myself. If you are older than 15 - don't do it! If you are male, rather go chew on your hand, it would be less painful.

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    Hanif Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-26-13
    Hanif Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not put it down!!! Amazing!!!"

    I never write reviews, but this was so good I had to take the time. It so well written and so gripping I had a hard time putting it down. Definitely recommend it.

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    Amazon Customer 09-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The story was captivating."

    The characters were new and interesting. I hope the second book in the series is released soon. At first I thought the narration was a bit bland, but it picked up as the book progressed.

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    Dana Purcellville, VA, United States 09-25-13
    Dana Purcellville, VA, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow to get into"

    but once you get into it - you need to know what's going to happen next. I think my main problem was with the narration as it she sounded bored to be doing this reading which in turn made it SOUND boring. I wouldn't say mono-tone but close - so serious inflection changes.

    As far as the story line goes - I liked it. I liked the world she described and could "understand" it.

    Will I jump for the second one? No, honestly I won't - but I may listen but it's not on my must-have list.

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    Mikkel Denmark 09-24-13
    Mikkel Denmark 09-24-13
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    "Breathtaking, rich and thrilling story. Love it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any reader who likes to emerse him/her self into a rich World of remarkable persons, emotions, power struggles, intrigue, mystery, half hidden plots within plots and more. All of this in a fantasy World that is refreshingly new even though it has many ties to many classics.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love to have my assumptions and preconceptions challenged and be forced to regard Things from a new perspective - and boy does this story deliver a sucker punch to many of my preconceptions!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not stop listening - he only warning you'll get from me on this title is: ensure you don't have something important to do that would prevent you from finishing it :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie White Hills, Australia 09-23-13
    Marie White Hills, Australia 09-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very disappointed"

    I could not finish this book, and I have rarely not finished a book. The narrator was boring, I had to go back periodically so that I could hear what she had read again. Her words often faded towards the end of a sentence. I just couldn't get into this book probably because of the narrator. Having critised the narrator, I just couldn't understand what was happening, with the story, at the beginning.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Burg-Brown 09-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining"

    The storyline was great, the narrator was excellent. This book keeps you Intetested from start to finish and weaves and incredible journey into the future. The ending was unpredictable and I wanted more,

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    Linda 09-20-13
    Linda 09-20-13
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    "Very disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Samantha Shannon and/or Alana Kerr?

    This is Samantha Shannon's first published novel. It is possible, that with competent editing and experience, she could write a novel worth reading or listening to. Until then, I don't plan to try another book from her.


    What could Samantha Shannon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters are not well developed. There is plenty of atmosphere and action, but I don't "get" Paige.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was fine. She gave a very dramatic, even breathless reading. There is a limit to how much even a very fine narrator can do with material that is not worthwhile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-20-13
    Kristi Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.


    What other book might you compare The Bone Season to and why?

    Divergent Trilogy


    Have you listened to any of Alana Kerr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Paige and Warden began trusting each other


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie GOSHEN, NY, United States 09-20-13
    Katie GOSHEN, NY, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Bone Season in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, captivating, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

    Every part was great!


    What does Alana Kerr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a very passionate narrator and she brings the story alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me teary at some parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book. I hope the author decides to write a series with this story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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