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'm new to Audio-books and already hooked.
... and the story was good, but for me - not great. I love the narrator's voice - she would rock the phone book!
Could not get into this book and did not finish it. Could I please have a credit for it?
The whole story line I could not get into.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
The Bone Season creates an interesting future London where a tear in dimensions has allowed super-spirits to enter our realm and take control of natural human clairvoyants. This creates an underworld for ‘voyants’ in London who must evade capture and death or banishments for having unnatural talents. (London, of course is the setting for so many ‘unnatural’ occurrences, aliens, cybermen, etc., that I wonder if there isn’t something in the water - - maybe Stonehenge is to blame.) Our hero is a dream walker, a rare voyant who has the ability to walk through other’s dreamscape and learn secrets that the underworld gangs use to their advantage. When she is cornered by the conscripted voyants who are charged with rounding up the unnaturals she kills one of them and scrambles the brain of the second, exposing her talents to the super-spirits who want to acquire her abilities. She is eventually captured and then claimed by a high ranking super-spirit who rarely ever deals with humans.
I have to admit that I started this book a couple of times and listened for maybe two chapters before I set it aside. Eventually I came back faced with a long Thanksgiving week drive. I hit play to give it another chance and glad that I did. This book got better as it went along and I concentrated on the world Ms. Shannon created. It is probably something that I will listen to again, perhaps several times to get a full appreciation for the characters and story. There are plenty of interesting characters and delicious plot lines to experience in the Bone Season. The author has done well in crafting them together. Pay very close attention throughout the entire book to truly enjoy The Bone Season.
I would if they prefer books written for for the "Twilight" generation. Meaning the book series and not the elderly.
The author created an imaginary future (WHY is the future always so bleak?!) with new creatures and new politics and talents demonstrated by those deemed unnatural. There is a great deal of detail describing abilities and magical remedies highlighting an imaginative mind behind the story. I also like the narration. I think she handled the various characters well and I am still amazed at how anyone can do multiple accents and genders and age groups.
The scene near the end where good begins to triumph over evil.
Hide your aura......
Probably not. I had to speed the narrator (who put very little life into an already weak story) up to 2x the normal speed so my attention wouldn't wander.
Not going to bother with her others.
Bland, vanilla and blaa
People who liked this..... they need to read more books.
The next great teen series? Not based on this book. I thought Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Mortal Instruments Series, were decent beach reading. This book is not. Maybe it was because the narrator's accent issue (pick one, and just one, accent per character please) drove me nuts. But I don't think that was the whole problem. I think the NY Times review got it right - character development is really weak.
Not sure why all the fuss. It's badly written and quite frankly boring. The narrator is also dull. I would advise prospective listeners to sample it before purchase... Which I should've done.
I liked the author's character, Paige Mahoney.
I guess I must pass. There are too many great books to read and too little time. Through this entire book, I kept thinking of Suzanne Collins', "The Hunger Games".
Only one word needed. Fine.
My regrets to this author, but the competition is keen in the writing world and if the reader is constantly reminded of another author's work while reading your work, then you have missed the mark.
In comparison to other audio books it's in the middle of the road. Good story with decent narration, but not great.
The ending battle...best part of the book.
Soothing voice and did a decent job portraying the main character. A bit monotone which made it hard to listen to sometimes.
I think because the world is a futuristic dystopia, I found it intriguing but always felt like an observer watching from a distance rather than feel a connection to the characters. I simply didn't care about any of them but was vaguely interested to see how the story panned out. This did change by the end of the book. I found myself getting more attached and I am sure that was point...slowly taking down walls to set up the main character to come into her power and fight the "man" and all. She is, after all, an Irish revolutionary....even if she doesn't know it quite yet. It was a decent set up for the series, but very obviously meant to be the "hook" to get you to buy the other books. That being said, it worked. I am curious to see where the author takes the series. I will most probably buy the next book in the series as well.
I've seen people compare this book to the Harry Potter series. Honestly, I don't see it. I don't think it's bad; just not the same. It's entertaining and high concept. I think it has the potential to be an impact series but at the moment I see it more as Twilight meshed with Hunger Games. Since it's only the first book ( and as such the "set up" book) it's hard to make valid comparisons. I think you'd have to take the series as a whole to make accurate comparisons and that won't be for several years. I am hoping the author adds some depth and better character development through the other books. My biggest complaint is that the book seemed a bit shallow and some of the "developments" seemed a bit forced because you got hints of something but never saw any progression until "boom" now it's a reality and it left you feeling kind of disjointed.
I have already listened to this book twice! The story line is so unlike anything I've ever experienced.
At first I was a bit confused as the story jumped to full speed with very little pretense but as the story unfolds all the background comes into focus. Setting a rich and colorful setting for the story.
I look forward to reading this book again just before the next book comes out!
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