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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Spotty writing with slow points of attention lagging plot.
No. I think it is probably a good book for a first effort and that should be rewarded, but selected as a book put forward by a book group? Is it a relative on the selection board?
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.
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.
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