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.
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There area lot of great ideas in the story. Interesting locations and characters I want to get to know better. But somehow, they did not come to life for me. This is a disadvantage, since I am not living in the æther, after all. There are many bones, but no meat in the soup.
No clue. A better recommending system by Audible would be helpful. ;-)
The performance is quite okay. I like readers with a broader ability for creating voices for the characters, though.
First, couriosity, sometimes boredom and relief in the end.
I'll give one of the next books of Shannon a shot. She'll improve.
This book was really hard to get through. Not because of the story, however. The story I feel like was great, but the girl who reads it sounds like she's reading a bedtime story. She literally sounds like she'd just as soon fall asleep! It was awful! Zero animation or influx to her voice. Frankly, I will finish this series, but in Kindle, so I don't have to listen to her drone on. I think she forgot she was reading fantasy; this sounds more like a textbook.
Literally ANYONE else!
No, not worth "listening", but worth a READ.
The concept of this book is very interesting - it looks into the future to 2059, and rewrites history back to 1859 when some sort of alien race arrived on Earth. The characters are interesting, and the plot is solid.
HOWEVER. The first 2/3 of the book are essentially ruined by Paige's self-destructive tendencies. "I was starving, but I wouldn't eat because I hated him so much." "I was in incredible pain, but I would refuse the medicine because I hated him so much." "I was thirsty, but I would refuse water because I hated him so much." So, she hated her prison guard because he was her prison guard, and as a result she would basically cut off her nose to spite her face? Her stubbornness and self-destructive inclinations really detracted from what could have been a great story.
And, the narration is just not very good. Perhaps I've been spoiled by recent books I've read with great narration, but Alana Kerr's performance is not very good. Paige constantly sounds weary and downtrodden - fine, but after a while it makes the book weary to listen to.
Because the story itself is so interesting, I understand why a lot of people love this book. But the combination of poor narration and getting beaten over the head by the main character undeserving hatred for her prison guard made this book an overall disappointment for me.
This is an amazing world of moving between the living and the dead. I was sucked in by the end of the first chapter and finished the book the next day.
One big qualm is the publisher promoting this book as the next Harry Potter. This book feels nothing like Harry Potter. So don't expect that. Instead enjoy the deep story created here.
I loved the imagination of the author. She build the characters well. But, if a book is a picture into the author's soul...oh is there some darkness there. I had to slog through the pages of depression but it was worth it. Take a look. There are more books coming in this series.
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This is both the debut novel by young British writer Samantha Shannon and the first in a lengthy series featuring the protagonist, Paige Mahoney.
Many people are asking whether this series might be the next Harry Potter. This is setting yourself up to be disappointed - comparisons will fall short of expectations. Rather, approach this novel as a fantasy novel set in Britain where magic exists and a host of clairvoyants are eking out their existences throughout the UK.
This is a tale of magic, of the spirit world, of seeking after freedom and liberty, of a world where people are trying to survive in spite of a system that seeks to destroy them. (For a more focusd plot summary that won't spoil things, you can trust the one Audible provides).
If you enjoy getting lost in the idea of another realm and its magic, you'll enjoy the time you spend in The Bone Season. Go in with an open mind, and I think you'll enjoy yourself.
A note on the narration - Alana Kerr reads very well, her accent is a pleasure to listen to, but sometimes you do need to concentrate to determine which character is speaking during conversations (there are no specific voices for many of the characters).
The story was interesting, once I got a grasp on what what going on, but the accent and made up terms made it confusing. (What is a molisher? It's clearly some kind of slang, but...)
Maybe. It seemed a bit of a rehash of Hunger Games and Divergent, with a bit of spiritual mysticism thrown in to make it "interesting"
Wow. Anyone? The narration was monotone, monotonous and not "acted" at all. During dialogue I was constantly losing track of who was meant to be speaking, and even during the action sequences I felt like the narrator was delivering a police report in court. I may have actually liked the story better with a different narrator.
No, the story wraps up pretty well. It did feel like there was a sequel setup, but I can't imagine how that could happen without it feeling like every other teen girl warrior series out there right now.
It's ok. I see why it was recommended for me. But it was a mediocre addition to the genre.
The speculative fiction premise and world-building efforts that have gone into this book are undeniably rich. The author has done a fine job of situating her story in an alternative history which pulls in threads of Anglo-Irish history, the explosive popularity of spiritualism in the 19th Century and the very contemporary rhetoric of the far right. She has also done a wonderful job with settings - especially that of an abandoned and resurrected Oxford.
But this is most definitely a piece of Young Adult fiction. Like 'Twilight' and, its erotic spin-off, 'Fifty Shades of Grey', 'The Bone Season' relies for much of its plot tension on the irrational and mercurial emotional shifts of its young female protagonist. There is little learning process, or actions based on acquired understanding - as one expects from a novel populated with and read by adults. Instead, a repetitive cycle of mood changes power much of her decision making process.
This is a pity, because the author has created some intriguing adversaries and questionable characters who, had they been explored with more maturity, could have resulted in a far more compelling and less irritating story.
I think young adults will love this book. I think they will relate to the main character and her volatile shifts in both intellect and agency. But for me, it felt like waves of artificial emotional tension masquerading as plot structure.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This book has gotten a lot of hype and I suspect many will think it is warranted. Honestly, I might have enjoyed it with a different narrator. Ms. Kerr has a beautiful voice but it is too monotone and uneventful for my taste. I would probably employ her voice for some poetry rather than this highly energetic story. She left me bored and disinterested and even "sang" me to sleep a couple of times.
Other than that, I believe the story is a good one. It started out very strong, but waned during the middle and didn't really build well into any type of crescendo. I really wanted to like it, but didn't really.
As I understand it this is the first of a new series. I will try the next book in the series, but if the same narrator is used, I will read it instead to see if that helps me enjoy it.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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
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