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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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    john kendrix CANTON, GA, US 10-04-13
    john kendrix CANTON, GA, US 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept waiting and hoping for something to happen..."
    What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

    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".


    What was most disappointing about Samantha Shannon’s story?

    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.


    What about Alana Kerr’s performance did you like?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, unfortunately...


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    William A. Polinsky Cicero, NY 10-04-13
    William A. Polinsky Cicero, NY 10-04-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Wonderful story - but let down at the finish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Samantha Shannon’s story?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Molinaro Rogers City, MI 10-02-13
    Elizabeth Molinaro Rogers City, MI 10-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "In the end I can't get it out of my head"
    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    The Bone Season grows on you. It started out like any YA paranormal thing, and Paige's protestations of dislike for her Warden quickly got to be too much. One knew where this was heading, however, in the end, I cannot quit thinking about the book and the outcome. Certainly an entertaining "read" while commuting to work.


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

    Paige's exploits seem to be written with a movie version in mind.


    What aspect of Alana Kerr’s performance would you have changed?

    As for the reader, she was fine, without being stellar.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, for the visual of the character types involved


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brigit 10-01-13
    Brigit 10-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't blame the book, blame your expectations"
    Where does The Bone Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a well done book, and I would definitely put it in the top 20 audio books I've read. At least in recent history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world. Hands down. Shannon has created such a phenomenal universe that you can't help but get sucked in. The slang, the detailed descriptions of 'voyants' can be hard to take at times, but this wealth of information creates a world unlike any other book I've read before.


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

    A sense of being in the story - she gives each sentence the emotional drive that creates an atmosphere fitting for this tale.


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

    YES!!!! So gripping. This was definitely the kind of book that had me thinking about the story outside of when I was listening. I couldn't help but imagine what was going to happen next or how a character would react based on a event that had just transpired. I haven't been that drawn into a story in quite some time.


    Any additional comments?

    Firstly, I'd like to say that the historical references Shannon puts into this book really added an extra layer of importance to the story. The idea that even in an alternative reality the Irish will put up a fight against British influence says something about the 'fighting Irish'.Secondly, there's a lot of reviews out there and most of them have important things to say, but my advice is to take whatever you read about this book with a grain of salt. A lot of the negative reviews I read said 'didn't justify the good reviews' or 'no where near the next J.K. Rowling', but to me that just says that people went into it with expectations that weren't fitting for this story. On the other hand, there are quite a few reviews out there that glorify this book, which is probably why the negative reviews exist in the first place. Is it good? Yes. Is it worth reading? Yes. Is it a new take on 'special human abilities'? Yes. Is this the book just like the Harry Potter series? No, it's a different story entirely. *SPOILER*The only portion of this book that I didn't enjoy was the added love theme motif. To me it just felt like it was an extra topping thrown onto an already well made chocolate sundae; you don't need almonds when you've already got peanuts, sprinkles, bananas, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and cherries. The love story just felt like it was there because Shannon wanted to add a love story, not because it enhanced or affected the overall tale. Overall, I'd have to say that this book is a breath of fresh air - an engaging tale with believable characters and an interesting take on the human condition. I'd heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys dystopian/utopian or tales of hierarchically schemed supernatural abilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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