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.
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.
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.
Paige's exploits seem to be written with a movie version in mind.
As for the reader, she was fine, without being stellar.
Yes, for the visual of the character types involved
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.
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.
A sense of being in the story - she gives each sentence the emotional drive that creates an atmosphere fitting for this tale.
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.
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.
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
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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