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 won't get into the technical aspect of writing or the critical side regarding writing style and construction of the story since this book has gotten a lot of attention, you can find numerous reviewers picking apart at those type of things. I on the other hand read for pleasure and for me, it's as simple as I liked it or I didn't and/or I connected with the characters or I didn't.
I could not put this book down, I was intrigued with the world building and the main characters as well as the progression of the plot. I enjoyed the premise of the story, however it isn't as unique as many make it out to be, but I am alright with that because of the unique construction of the characters. The story is written in the first person, through the main character Paige's view and I did have trouble, at times, knowing where other characters were in a scene. I also felt like the action scenes didn't move smoothly and I was curious as to why certain characters didn't intervene or that when they finally did, it felt like it was for convenience more than anything else. For example, Paige needed to be saved and her allies were in the scene, but it took her to nearly be killed for an intervention which made no sense because the timing of the intervention had no bearings on the success of the battle. It just felt more like the author wanted to stretch it out for suspense sake so it felt a little disjointed. Also, I expected more from the main female and towards the end, she disappointed me. It was as if towards the end she regressed instead of progressed in maturity of her powers and her thoughts.
Overall it was an entertaining read and a rather intriguing concept. I look forward to reading the next book, but I've heard this series is supposed to stretch into a seven book deal? I hope that is not the case because there didn't seem like there was enough material, but we'll see.
Narrator: Alana Kerr
Speed: 1.5x sometimes 2x
Kerr read in a rather bland manner. Her reading was also quite slow, hence the faster speed that I normally listen at. She did a decent job with accents, but her distinction in characters were not clear enough to really define.
Do yourself a favor and don't waste a credit on the audio version of this book. I tried to convince myself I would like it, and I kept telling myself it would get better, but two hours into it and I have given up. Perhaps I need to read the book because it is possible that much of the problem was the reader, whose lack of emotion and inflection made it hard to follow the characters or even care about the story.
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.
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