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.
The narration was deplorable. The heavy Irish Brogue was difficult to understand especially considering the new vocabulary you needed to learn to comprehend the story. In addition, the shortness of the syntax was just downright annoying if you are over the age of 17. This book is not suitable for audio listen.
I honestly couldn't say as, try though I might, I could not stand to listen any longer.
It might be better to READ Bone Season rather than listen to it. That way you could have a better chance of figuring out the vocabulary. Someone referenced the Harry Potter series and I would have to agree that they have their own language al-a Hogwart-ize. It is also rapt with violent, cruel and meaningless killings but that is what you might want for a Halloween read. I did not enjoy this listen.
Disappointing writing style. It's a great concept for a book, but only a quarter of a way into it I was convinced it was written for a teen just starting middle school. Simplistic writing style, simplistic and predictable character interactions. Too bad.
I loved Paige's voice and character. The plot moved quickly and it was easy to get swept up by the action and the interesting setting.
It was like Harry Potter because of the aspect of some of the people have magic powers and others not having them. Shannon made the world of the novel very intricate and rich, which I enjoyed. It was also like Hunger Games because of the dystopian setting and the overall attitude of the characters of fighting to stay alive.
I have listened to ALOT of audiobooks. (might even have a problem :) I have to say this narrator is probably the best I've heard. It's a good book that looks to me like the beginning of a series. While it isn't great literature it's a ripping good yarn. But again - awesome narrator.
cliched characters, weak story, not very engaging
none, they just weren't very interesting
not really, it was chore to listen to.
Obscure uneven tale made even more inscrutable by singsong narration in a British accent (note: it's NOT written in iambic pentameter, although Alana's unfortunate phrasing paces it that way, and in a breathy whisper...ugh)
a different narrator.
it's boring! every time i tried to listen to it, i fell asleep. the narrators voice is so monotone. all the voices were at the same level of tone. i couldn't tell who was who talking sometimes. the story could have been better too.
It was very different! Great imagination!
The characters! And how the story line went!!
No, but she did a great job on this one!
Would have liked to but I did not have that luxury!
Great new twist! Loved this can't wait for the others books in the series!!
The Bone Season is the first book in what is slated to be a seven-part series. This means that there is a lot of world-building. This also means that there are many unanswered questions, many storylines left open-ended, and a lot of ambiguity. However, this should not be a scare factor for anyone. Samantha Shannon accomplishes quite a bit in this ambitious opening. While the world she creates is very complex, and the cast of characters is large, readers will find it very easy to immerse themselves into this unique setting among the eclectic cast. Her use of familiar sites and locations helps ease the discomfort associated with adjusting to an alternative history. The story is also helped by her ability to continue to acclimate readers to her new world without halting the story’s forward progress through pages upon pages of descriptions. The descriptions happen – and they are excellently written – but they occur simultaneously, keeping the momentum and intensity and effectiveness of the story intact.
While the entire novel hints at future story lines, none have quite as much potential as the Rephaim and particularly Warden. His actions within THE BONE SEASON remain shrouded in mystery. His relationships to his fellow Rephaim as well as to the humans are unclear, while his motivations are not only unclear but downright unknown. It makes his actions that much more intriguing because a reader is left in the dark as much as Paige is. Ms. Shannon does intimate at Warden’s backstory, and the glimpses shown are tantalizing in the possibilities.
Not only is Ms. Shannon setting the stage for future novels, but she manages to make The Bone Season a fast-paced thrill ride of a novel with a surprisingly large amount of closure. Paige’s struggle to adapt to life as a prisoner and the world of the Rephaim is intense, as she fights to maintain her independence and stay true to her principals in an environment that views her as lower than the low and only worthy of subjugation. Paige proves herself to be one of the strongest female characters to grace the pages of any novel with her fierce determination, unique skill set, and her pride. As the tension ratchets up to a fever pitch, the action – which was already intense – kicks into high gear, and a reader can only sit back and enjoy the ride. The final breathtaking pages will not only leave a reader anxiously anticipating the next installment but also celebrating the diverse and multi-layered world Ms. Shannon creates.
Alana Kerr's performance is very subtle. She saves the emotional performance for the dialogue, and the narrative remains calm and almost soothing. In fact, the narrative is so quiet and emotionless that those experiencing the story for the first time may struggle remaining focused enough to understand Ms. Shannon's unfamiliar world. For those who are familiar with the story though, her performance enhances the familiar, placing emphasis on Paige's Irish roots and the diversity of Oxford's inhabitants. Ms. Kerr proves herself more than capable of tackling the hundreds of local accents that is a natural part of any story taking place on British soil as she switches from one character to another without pause or problem. All of the characters have their own unique accent, pitch, delivery, tonality, and intensity. It is an understated and most excellent performance but one most listeners may not appreciate given the lengthy amounts of world-building required to understand Paige's situation and the strange world of Scion and the Rephaim.
The entire idea of the alternate universe in which it was set.
The Warden, Arcturus. You get a sense of a deep well of history behind him, of forces working on and through him that we don't yet understand from this book alone.
Her pacing was spot on, and I enjoyed the small hints of an Irish burr and lilt in her pronunciations. I also apprecited her being able to properly pronounce french words, and the fact that her voice and style of reading really gets into your head and makes you want to listen more, even if the book itself may be a bit slow.
I had no extreme reactions, though I did sort of sigh at the romance plot.
I'd been reading previews of The Bone Season for months and was really looking forward to it so I was delighted when it appeared on Audible so quickly. Maybe my expectations were raised too much but it took me quite some time to get in to the story. I very nearly returned it after the first 15 mins because I just don't like the narrator. Her voice is very expressionless and dull and really annoyed me. I persevered and slowly the story began to draw me in. In a new series when the world in which it is based is being established, I expect some level of detail while the basics are set out. In this book, there was just too much detail too early at the expense of the story. For me it didn't really begin to gather momentum until about half way through.
I've finally reached the end now and on balance I would say I enjoyed it and will read the next in the series when it comes out. I won't be listening to it though because I just can't bring myself to go through the ordeal of the narrator again.
"To be continued i hope ...."
An excellent story.
I felt like i was a ghost character on a journey inside this story and on falling asleep i became part of it in my dreams.If you like the stories of Trudi Canavan then you will enjoy this. I hope the story doesn't end here as there is so much more that can be written about these characters
if only the narrator had had the courage to become more than just a flat voice then the whole story would have had a life. Now i must read this book in its paper form to get my own feel for the characters and give them their own personalities.
Sadly the performance was flat and deadpan, all the characters had the same voice and i didn't feel that any of the characters had life breathed into them.
As the performance was so dull i was in a hurry to reach the end, the story was thrilling but i did not have an emotional reaction.
Read the book first before listening to the story on audio.
"Absorbing Dystopian Fantasy...."
Samantha Shannon sure has one hell of an imagination, what a début!
Paige's character is one of being a very tough cookie, she has had to be, Scion wants rid of all those who are Voyant, they are the lowest of the low, criminals to be feared,to be distrusted, to be hunted down like vermin.
Constantly monitored the net is ever tightening around this terrorised community.
Paige is a criminal and makes money from her dreamwalker gifts, she works for a crime lord who constantly pushes her to use her gifts, failing is not an option you have to earn your keep to stay alive.
Things don't go to plan as she is captured and transported to Oxford, to an even more brutal place from where she has come from, humans are nothing, a disgusting species to be used and moulded for her captors needs.
The chilling telling is of dog eat dog, survival of the fittest and Paige realising that the Scion is not so all powerful as she first thought, her only thought is of escape, she is being manipulated from many sides and working out who to trust and to stay alive to be able to make her and others to escape looks more than impossible.
The positives far out way any niggles, some parts where a little too laboured and overly long, but this is small point. I am looking forward to see where this very individual dystopia saga leads to next.
"Don't buy audio, buy the book"
I am sorry to pick on the narrator, but I feel obliged to warn anybody considering buying this audio book. This is the singularly worst narrated audio book which I have ever purchased. The narration is eye-stabbingly tedious with a constant monotonous tone which does not vary at any point to convey meaning, emotion or change of speaking character which meant that during exchanges between characters it was a real effort to keep track of who was speaking at any specific moment.
Whoever was on the publisher's team must not have monitored the narration at any point as the awfulness of this product would have been apparent within a minute. I am tempted to return this purchase just in the hope that the number of returns is reported to the publisher, however, they clearly do not care about their audio customers anyway, so it is probably pointless.
"New author, new world"
An entirely coherent new world created by Samantha Shannon. I can't wait for the next book. What if, aliens were among us and we never new. An interesting premise and a fascinating tale. Great characters.
"Believe the hype: orginal, gritty, exciting"
The hype said that Samantha Shannon had received a six figure advance for the first three books in a seven book series and had already sold the film rights to book one: The Bone Season.
What the hype didn't prepare me for was a rich, complex book filled with original ideas, vivid characters, powerful emotions, gritty realism and page-turning action.
Shannon's alternative future Britain is fully thought through and skilfully evoked. She weaves her tale from a deep understanding of the politics of hatred and fear and the fundamental evil of slavery and brightens it with new ideas on the nature of magic.
What makes the book truly exceptional is the character of Paige Mahoney (how nice it was to hear this name pronounced the Irish way for once): brave, dangerous, more than a little broken but fundamentally good. She is easy to care about and root for. Her way of seeing the world is humane without being in the least bit soft. Her bravery comes from a refusal to submit to fear or to be treated as anything less than human. Even when everything has been taken from her, she holds on to the power that comes from knowing what she values and what she is prepared to do to protect it.
The relationship between Paige and Warden, her "keeper" is rich, complex and credible, exploring the boundaries or trust and otherness, suspicion and attraction, power and weakness.
Although it is book one in a series,"The Bone Season" is a full novel and not just an instalment in a story.
This is one of the best speculative fiction books I've read in a long time. That it was debut novel from a young author fills me with pleasure. I look forward to reading all of her books as they come out over then next several years.
"Up with the greats!"
If this is genuinely Samantha's first book she has a huge career ahead of her. The story is well thought out and the personal relationships well expressed, I felt what she was portraying; I love/hated Warden. I was truly frightened for Clairy, I found myself switching off to take a break and get my emotions in check.
Altogether a very good book and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Improve the quality of the storyline which could have been read in a more animated tone of voice.
Mr Slaughter by Robert McCammon, read by Edoardo Ballerini
Capture of Paige.
"Excellent story. Unique and engaging"
There have been several books of late of apocalyptic Earth locations where existing towns are barely recognisable. The Bone Season is definitely one of the better quality tales. This world is full of the supernatural where people are able to wield power such as foretelling and a whole bunch of ~ancy abilities by accessing the Ether.
Two hundred years ago, a magical race arrived on earth with plans to absorb the planet's power. They themselves wield these Ether powers and manipulate the existing governments to outlaw those with supernatural gifts. These people are reviled - in fact, they are actually illegal. These are intrinsic gifts, however, and cannot be removed. These people are forced to hide and obfuscate to stay alive. The Refairim encourage this so that they are sent to their keeping for their own use.
One such girl, Paige, a powerful dream walker, is kidnapped and taken to the Refairim headquarters at ancient Oxford where she is given to a 'keeper'. She cannot and will not accept her enforced servitude and fights every step of the way. Her keeper is not what he seems - he has rebelled before and plans to do so again, using Paige.Their lives intertwine and, while not stated unequivocally, they fall in love.
It's a lovely story with wonderful characters and a delicate love story.
The narration is terrible. There is no depiction of characters - she simply reads. The reading itself is poor - no pausing to separate speech. The best she manages is a separation of a gentle lilting Irish accent and Queen's English diction. She spoils a lovely story. Book 2 is coming soon and no narrator has been announced. Let's hope it's not this one.
"Please Read This Book!"
I totally loved this book and genuinely can not wait for the next installment.
Yes, its a dystopian young adult book and Yes there are so many of these hitting the shelves at the moment but No its not the new Hunger Games and No its not the same as all the others that have followed!
People always tend to put certain book styles( especially young adult books) in the same bag and forget that although they may have a few things in common that they are vastly different, for instance people would never say Lee Child and Micheal Robotham are the same even though they are crime thriller writers with strong yet flawed male protagonists who write in the present day...........and thats because they are totally different!
This tale is wonderfully creative and filled with captivating characters, set in London in the future this story is filled with so many things,survival, cruelty and hatred, poverty and crime, friendship and love with a little bit of paranormal all wrapped up in science fiction.It is hard to describe and should not just be categorized as a dystopian thriller, or at least I don't believe so.
I did not have a problem with the narrator as others seem to have had and I had read this book before I listened. So I would not let it put you off (do try it out first though) I quite liked her voice for the gutsy female lead.
As you would guess I highly recommend this book in either or both forms, it is a riveting story and a fantastic debut x
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