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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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    Suzanna Austin, TX, United States 08-26-13
    Suzanna Austin, TX, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm new to Audio-books and already hooked.

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    "Her voice is like a comfy snuggle.."

    ... and the story was good, but for me - not great. I love the narrator's voice - she would rock the phone book!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Plymouth, MA, United States 12-13-13
    J. Plymouth, MA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Did not like this book at all. I couldn't finish."
    What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

    Could not get into this book and did not finish it. Could I please have a credit for it?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alana Kerr?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Season?

    The whole story line I could not get into.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 12-03-13
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

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    "I'm never living in London"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 09-05-13
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Imaginative Tale..............but......"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they prefer books written for for the "Twilight" generation. Meaning the book series and not the elderly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene near the end where good begins to triumph over evil.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hide your aura......


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wilton NH 09-04-13
    Amazon Customer Wilton NH 09-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Bohemian Yankee

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    "Bland..... just plain bland"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Samantha Shannon before, how does this one compare?

    Not going to bother with her others.


    What three words best describe Alana Kerr’s performance?

    Bland, vanilla and blaa


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    People who liked this..... they need to read more books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gwensee Washington, DC 09-02-13
    Gwensee Washington, DC 09-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Xealous Mallow, Ireland 08-31-13
    Xealous Mallow, Ireland 08-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't finish was bored to tears"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    meg Knoxville, TN 08-31-13
    meg Knoxville, TN 08-31-13 Member Since 2008

    meg

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    "A pinch from that, a pinch from this."
    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    I liked the author's character, Paige Mahoney.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Samantha Shannon? Why or why not?

    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".


    What three words best describe Alana Kerr’s performance?

    Only one word needed. Fine.


    Could you see The Bone Season being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 08-30-13
    Brad LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It's a slow burn...."
    Where does The Bone Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In comparison to other audio books it's in the middle of the road. Good story with decent narration, but not great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

    The ending battle...best part of the book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Soothing voice and did a decent job portraying the main character. A bit monotone which made it hard to listen to sometimes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Katy, TX, United States 08-30-13
    Danielle Katy, TX, United States 08-30-13
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    "Hold on to your iPod, this is a wild ride!"
    Would you listen to The Bone Season again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book twice! The story line is so unlike anything I've ever experienced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading this book again just before the next book comes out!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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