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.
I enjoyed the story and the imagery the author gave describing these two separate but coexisting populations, however the narration was simply monotone, and for the main character her voice was perfect, however you get lost in some of the back and forth conversations between two (or more) people when Samantha is reading it, as there is simply zero fluctuation between them. For this fact alone I'll probably pass on the series for now.
Technical jargon can add to a sci fi story, but it is hard to follow in an audiobook when you can easily miss picking up the contextual meaning. I just couldn't make it past the problems with the narration.
Alana Kerr's narration made this audiobook impossible for me to finish. First of all, her diction was distracting and noisy. Second, her voice lacks range. I felt like I was being read Goodnight, Moon. I couldn't distinguish between characters who were speaking.
I don't have a narrator in mind -- just someone different.
The storyline took me by surprise. When I first stated to listen I thought oh no another flakey in the future book. Boy, was I wrong.
I can't compare this to anything else
Just loved this book and hope there will be more to come.
This alternative contemporary history, dystopian, supernatural fiction with its progressive revelation of mysteries did keep me curious enough to tough out this listen.But oh, the narration!I found I could only bear forty minutes at a time before switching to a liveler audiobook. Which would be, almost any other. I was left wishing I had got the print version instead.I really wanted to like the narrator better. Alana Kerr certainly is a master of the many dialects of the British Isles and her various voices can be lovely.But the monotony of the first person narrative spoils it all! At first I thought that the deadpan descriptions of the bleak police state in twenty first century London were gripping in fact and made me listen. One hears a character scarred by experience recalling all with horrifying dispassion.But then it goes on and on wihout relief, except where she allowed her voice some lilt in the other characters' dialogue. What was tense and gripping just became a background noise and my attention could only wander from the book. Scenes of flight and combat were indistinguishable in tone from the quiet and solitary episodes of exposition of the strange world the narrator discovers. What started out breathless just became dull.I think Alana Kerr could deliver a much better narration than she did, which left me even more annoyed than bored with this experience. Let us hope that she improves her technique... or that someone else will be cast for the sequels.
Rich, exciting, engaging
Listening to the Page's first foray back into London, mouth sealed shut, mask distorting her features, forced to fight the people whom she regraded as family, was thrilling so was the scene where she kills Warden's cousin with pollen! Such ugly detail made it so alive.
No I haven't but I'm now looking for other books she has narrated. I was amazed at how she made the book come alive! At one point I lost what was happening in the story because I was so enthralled by the tone and timbre or Alana Kerr's voice.
I have read many dystopia novels, most all young adult, and found this one the best of the lot. This is written for adults not for tweens and it shows in the rich details and lack of teen heart throb. The relationships are multi-layered and complex, just like the story itself. I must read for anyone who plowed through the Hunger Games or Divergent. Like savoring luxurious deep dark chocolate ganache after eating cheap milk chocolate candy coating.
The Bone Season started out decently - Shannon introduces an interesting world and potentially interesting protagonist, with a generally dreary, dark atmosphere enveloping everything that adds an intriguing tone to the whole thing.
But then, just as things are supposed to get interesting, it just all falls apart. After our initial introduction, the rest of the book reads like angsty teen fan fiction - characters are two dimensional, the meandering plot falls into the usual "dystopian world" tropes, key relationships are developed in a rushed, unbelievable way, plot holes pop up left and right, the romantic relationship feels SO forced, and so on. I was especially disappointed in the development of the main character, who started out kind of layered and promising, and then just withered away into a boring Mary Sue who faces "terrible obstacles" without real consequences and "doesn't believe in herself" until the very end of course when she all of a sudden does a 180 and turns into Sergeant Leader and is all "I'm the only one who can save everyone ARRRGH!!11"
Also, toward the last third of the book, Shannon heavy handedly employs the most embarrassingly trite plot device in order to forcibly move the romantic relationship along...I honestly felt like I had skipped an entire section because it just came straight outta nowhere. But no, it was just juvenile fan fiction writing at its best (worst?)
Anyway, if you are WAY into "dark" YA fantasy stuff and don't care about, I don't know, how well it's written, then you'll probably like this. Because it certainly feels like it was written by a 21 year old.
The last two thirds
The fact that it wasn't predictable, since the world was something that was completely new, it was hard to predict what was going to happen. I'm so used to figuring out key plot points well ahead of the average reader, I was happy that I was able to keep wondering what was going to happen.
The narrator had a great slight Irish lilt, as the character is described to have, I'll give her that. But I would have enjoyed a bit more definition between characters. it's hard to tell who is speaking sometimes because the voices don't have enough variance.
While The Bone Season isn't the most spectacular book to come out lately, it is an interesting read, and it's not bogged down in the Paranormal romance muck that has been feeding the fantasy genre lately. The story was just the story, not lead around by pheromones, which was a nice change. I think that the way the book was laid out was done well, but there was a lot of information in the layout of the world building that sometimes seemed forced or too quick and occasionally should have been laid out earlier for certain items. But since this is the authors' first release, I expect that will only get better over time. I'm definitely looking forward to the release of the next book - too bad I found this one right away, I'll have a long wait!
I haven't listened to many audio books yet but I enjoyed this one.
I haven't read any comparable books.
I was annoyed by the story and narration for the first few chapters and then the story turned and I had trouble turning if off. It's much too long for one sitting.
I thought that the characters were kind of one dimensional (no pun intended). I had hoped that there might be some insights to be gained by the introspection of someone else's view of spirituality - but none came.
The book completely failed to live up to the hype "The next J.K. Rowling".
Shannon has a great imagination, and I have great respect for anyone who can write a book. I kept waiting for "The bone season" to slip into the ether and take possession of a great plot, but after listening for 10 hours none could be detected. I gave up and will return the book for a credit.
Ms: Kerr was fascinating! I loved her voice and the imagery she created with her tones and inflection. Also, I quite enjoyed the Irish accent! That's the reason why I listed to the book for 10 hours before tossing in the towel.
Felt like things were left unfinished. Spent the entire book building the characters, loved it. The ending was rushed, and parts of the story were left hanging.
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