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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :-)
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.
The storyline was great, the narrator was excellent. This book keeps you Intetested from start to finish and weaves and incredible journey into the future. The ending was unpredictable and I wanted more,
This is Samantha Shannon's first published novel. It is possible, that with competent editing and experience, she could write a novel worth reading or listening to. Until then, I don't plan to try another book from her.
The characters are not well developed. There is plenty of atmosphere and action, but I don't "get" Paige.
The reader was fine. She gave a very dramatic, even breathless reading. There is a limit to how much even a very fine narrator can do with material that is not worthwhile.
One of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.
When Paige and Warden began trusting each other
Amazing, captivating, engaging
Every part was great!
She is a very passionate narrator and she brings the story alive.
It made me teary at some parts.
I LOVED this book. I hope the author decides to write a series with this story line.
An engaging and well developed plot line, likable characters and a descriptively created coherent world.
Not have written it. It's terrible.
The reader was good. But her great accent couldn't save a poorly written story.
I wish the hype would die down, so the reviews can dissuade anyone else from buying this book.
Altough the narrator's voice is sweet and nice to listen differentiating between characters was difficult. The narrator didn't offer a main voice nor did the tone or pitch change when switching from characters.
I listen to quite a bit of YA supernatural or dystopian novels...i.e. your Hunger Games, your Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices, your Pures, Lunar Chronicles, Shatter Me's, Divergents, etc. The Bone Season fits in well to the genre. I didn't love it as much as I loved Hunger Games or Harry Potter, or the Pure series, but it exists in a really cool world with an almost film noir feel to it.
Sometimes, especially in the beginning, I had no idea what the hell was going on in this universe. I am not sure but I think there was a kind of map or chart which shows the reader the different kinds of clairvoyants, or something to that nature. I didn't have that, so I was SUPER confused as to what she was talking about...
That being said, once she gets to Sheol 1, I started getting a better idea of the different kinds of clairvoyants existing in the Bone Season universe.....but...i could still not tell you the difference between an Auger and a Clairomancer or whatever......
I did really like the book though. I am excited to see what happens next to Paige and the seals.
"To be continued i hope ...."
An excellent story.
I felt like i was a ghost character on a journey inside this story and on falling asleep i became part of it in my dreams.If you like the stories of Trudi Canavan then you will enjoy this. I hope the story doesn't end here as there is so much more that can be written about these characters
if only the narrator had had the courage to become more than just a flat voice then the whole story would have had a life. Now i must read this book in its paper form to get my own feel for the characters and give them their own personalities.
Sadly the performance was flat and deadpan, all the characters had the same voice and i didn't feel that any of the characters had life breathed into them.
As the performance was so dull i was in a hurry to reach the end, the story was thrilling but i did not have an emotional reaction.
Read the book first before listening to the story on audio.
"Don't buy audio, buy the book"
I am sorry to pick on the narrator, but I feel obliged to warn anybody considering buying this audio book. This is the singularly worst narrated audio book which I have ever purchased. The narration is eye-stabbingly tedious with a constant monotonous tone which does not vary at any point to convey meaning, emotion or change of speaking character which meant that during exchanges between characters it was a real effort to keep track of who was speaking at any specific moment.
Whoever was on the publisher's team must not have monitored the narration at any point as the awfulness of this product would have been apparent within a minute. I am tempted to return this purchase just in the hope that the number of returns is reported to the publisher, however, they clearly do not care about their audio customers anyway, so it is probably pointless.
I'd been reading previews of The Bone Season for months and was really looking forward to it so I was delighted when it appeared on Audible so quickly. Maybe my expectations were raised too much but it took me quite some time to get in to the story. I very nearly returned it after the first 15 mins because I just don't like the narrator. Her voice is very expressionless and dull and really annoyed me. I persevered and slowly the story began to draw me in. In a new series when the world in which it is based is being established, I expect some level of detail while the basics are set out. In this book, there was just too much detail too early at the expense of the story. For me it didn't really begin to gather momentum until about half way through.
I've finally reached the end now and on balance I would say I enjoyed it and will read the next in the series when it comes out. I won't be listening to it though because I just can't bring myself to go through the ordeal of the narrator again.
"Up with the greats!"
If this is genuinely Samantha's first book she has a huge career ahead of her. The story is well thought out and the personal relationships well expressed, I felt what she was portraying; I love/hated Warden. I was truly frightened for Clairy, I found myself switching off to take a break and get my emotions in check.
Altogether a very good book and I'm looking forward to the next one.
"Absorbing Dystopian Fantasy...."
Samantha Shannon sure has one hell of an imagination, what a début!
Paige's character is one of being a very tough cookie, she has had to be, Scion wants rid of all those who are Voyant, they are the lowest of the low, criminals to be feared,to be distrusted, to be hunted down like vermin.
Constantly monitored the net is ever tightening around this terrorised community.
Paige is a criminal and makes money from her dreamwalker gifts, she works for a crime lord who constantly pushes her to use her gifts, failing is not an option you have to earn your keep to stay alive.
Things don't go to plan as she is captured and transported to Oxford, to an even more brutal place from where she has come from, humans are nothing, a disgusting species to be used and moulded for her captors needs.
The chilling telling is of dog eat dog, survival of the fittest and Paige realising that the Scion is not so all powerful as she first thought, her only thought is of escape, she is being manipulated from many sides and working out who to trust and to stay alive to be able to make her and others to escape looks more than impossible.
The positives far out way any niggles, some parts where a little too laboured and overly long, but this is small point. I am looking forward to see where this very individual dystopia saga leads to next.
Improve the quality of the storyline which could have been read in a more animated tone of voice.
Mr Slaughter by Robert McCammon, read by Edoardo Ballerini
Capture of Paige.
"New author, new world"
An entirely coherent new world created by Samantha Shannon. I can't wait for the next book. What if, aliens were among us and we never new. An interesting premise and a fascinating tale. Great characters.
"Please Read This Book!"
I totally loved this book and genuinely can not wait for the next installment.
Yes, its a dystopian young adult book and Yes there are so many of these hitting the shelves at the moment but No its not the new Hunger Games and No its not the same as all the others that have followed!
People always tend to put certain book styles( especially young adult books) in the same bag and forget that although they may have a few things in common that they are vastly different, for instance people would never say Lee Child and Micheal Robotham are the same even though they are crime thriller writers with strong yet flawed male protagonists who write in the present day...........and thats because they are totally different!
This tale is wonderfully creative and filled with captivating characters, set in London in the future this story is filled with so many things,survival, cruelty and hatred, poverty and crime, friendship and love with a little bit of paranormal all wrapped up in science fiction.It is hard to describe and should not just be categorized as a dystopian thriller, or at least I don't believe so.
I did not have a problem with the narrator as others seem to have had and I had read this book before I listened. So I would not let it put you off (do try it out first though) I quite liked her voice for the gutsy female lead.
As you would guess I highly recommend this book in either or both forms, it is a riveting story and a fantastic debut x
"Excellent story. Unique and engaging"
There have been several books of late of apocalyptic Earth locations where existing towns are barely recognisable. The Bone Season is definitely one of the better quality tales. This world is full of the supernatural where people are able to wield power such as foretelling and a whole bunch of ~ancy abilities by accessing the Ether.
Two hundred years ago, a magical race arrived on earth with plans to absorb the planet's power. They themselves wield these Ether powers and manipulate the existing governments to outlaw those with supernatural gifts. These people are reviled - in fact, they are actually illegal. These are intrinsic gifts, however, and cannot be removed. These people are forced to hide and obfuscate to stay alive. The Refairim encourage this so that they are sent to their keeping for their own use.
One such girl, Paige, a powerful dream walker, is kidnapped and taken to the Refairim headquarters at ancient Oxford where she is given to a 'keeper'. She cannot and will not accept her enforced servitude and fights every step of the way. Her keeper is not what he seems - he has rebelled before and plans to do so again, using Paige.Their lives intertwine and, while not stated unequivocally, they fall in love.
It's a lovely story with wonderful characters and a delicate love story.
The narration is terrible. There is no depiction of characters - she simply reads. The reading itself is poor - no pausing to separate speech. The best she manages is a separation of a gentle lilting Irish accent and Queen's English diction. She spoils a lovely story. Book 2 is coming soon and no narrator has been announced. Let's hope it's not this one.
"Believe the hype: orginal, gritty, exciting"
The hype said that Samantha Shannon had received a six figure advance for the first three books in a seven book series and had already sold the film rights to book one: The Bone Season.
What the hype didn't prepare me for was a rich, complex book filled with original ideas, vivid characters, powerful emotions, gritty realism and page-turning action.
Shannon's alternative future Britain is fully thought through and skilfully evoked. She weaves her tale from a deep understanding of the politics of hatred and fear and the fundamental evil of slavery and brightens it with new ideas on the nature of magic.
What makes the book truly exceptional is the character of Paige Mahoney (how nice it was to hear this name pronounced the Irish way for once): brave, dangerous, more than a little broken but fundamentally good. She is easy to care about and root for. Her way of seeing the world is humane without being in the least bit soft. Her bravery comes from a refusal to submit to fear or to be treated as anything less than human. Even when everything has been taken from her, she holds on to the power that comes from knowing what she values and what she is prepared to do to protect it.
The relationship between Paige and Warden, her "keeper" is rich, complex and credible, exploring the boundaries or trust and otherness, suspicion and attraction, power and weakness.
Although it is book one in a series,"The Bone Season" is a full novel and not just an instalment in a story.
This is one of the best speculative fiction books I've read in a long time. That it was debut novel from a young author fills me with pleasure. I look forward to reading all of her books as they come out over then next several years.
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