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Editorial 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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Great 1st book

What made the experience of listening to The Bone Season the most enjoyable?

The narrator made the story come alive. I enjoyed it very well. I couldn't stop reading/listening o the story. Since this is the 1st in the series, I hope the author keeps the same narrator for a more consistent experience

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

The last 3 chapters were great, a nice plot twist is always good

Have you listened to any of Alana Kerr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ni, I never have but now I will.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Perhaps the part where the main character had to battle her old team, that was intersting interaction

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the 2nd book in the series

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Dull and tedious

It was like listening to someone tell you about their dreams. It was fantasy, not science fiction. I found it predictable, indulgent and not remotely plausible. I want to be convinced that an alternate world could work, but this one was not even close. Seems it was written for teenaged girls.

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  • Kristin
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 03-21-14

Meh

Would you try another book from Samantha Shannon and/or Alana Kerr?

Maybe in print

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have appreciated a faster pace, perhaps bringing the climax/action sequences closer to the middle of the book until leaving all the good stuff for the end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Alana Kerr’s performances?

I found the tone of Alana Kerr's voice very hard to discern and quite frankly, it made me want to fall asleep. Not an ideal quality in a narrator!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Interesting premise but too complicated to follow

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  • Amye
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 03-13-14

Looking forward to more!

What made the experience of listening to The Bone Season the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the narrator After giving up on finding something to rival how much I enjoyed Hungar Games, this book restored my hope.

What other book might you compare The Bone Season to and why?

It is a Hungar Games-ish dystopian with a little X-men all with a little supernatural spin.

Have you listened to any of Alana Kerr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to anything of her other performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a tad slow at the beginning so I took breaks for the first part. But for the 2nd half I could have easily stayed up listening into the night!

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  • Jennifer
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 03-13-14

Alternative England took a bit to get into

Overall I enjoyed the story, but it was slow to get into. Perhaps it is me, but it took a bit for the parts of the alternative England/Europe to create enough context to support the story. In the end the character development worked and the story came together. Ending leaves the sense that there will be a sequel without it being cliff hanger. If so, I would try the next, which is one way of saying this was a worthwhile read/listen.

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  • Amanda
  • West Lakes, Australia
  • 03-02-14

Took a whilst to get into it, well written story

If you could sum up The Bone Season in three words, what would they be?

Original sci-fi dramatic

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Just so very original, well developed story, took a whilst to appreciate the story, but in the end was a good read

Which scene was your favorite?

Battle scene

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

Don't be scared of the future

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Want a Sequel Please- plus enjoyable narration

I really enjoyed this book and I am hoping and looking for a sequel. It kind of leaves you hanging at the end like there is definitely more story to explore. The main character, Page, has just matured into her gift and it would be nice to explore the depth of her more as well as how the story continues in the struggle against the enemy. I liked the narration a lot and would like to hear more from her.

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I Wish I Had Liked It Better

"The Bone Season" is the story of a dystopian future England, where psychics and similarly talented people are persecuted by the authorities. The psi people band together in underground criminal gangs. There were terms for everything, but as I listened to the book instead of reading it, I can't remember or spell the terms so I'll skip them.

It turns out that the authorities are, in turn, controlled by a powerful alien species that uses the psi people as slaves. Our heroine is taken in as a slave by the consort to the alien's female heir to the throne. What ensues is familiar from Regency romances: she hates him, but is attracted to him. He is attracted to his slave, but doesn't act on it because of his position. I guess it creates sexual tension, but I found it kind of tedious.

The tale is well-written and the author creates a detailed world (more like worlds, as the aliens live separately from humans in their own society.) I guess I just didn't see what the aliens wanted with Earth and its inhabitants if they were such hot stuff to begin with. As a group, they despise humans and want as little to do with them as possible--wouldn't it have been smarter to find a different world, one that is unpolluted by human presence? Where did they come from? What is their home world like and why did they feel compelled to come here and mess with us? What made it possible for an alien and a human to find each other sexually attractive?

OK, OK, it's a fantasy, not science fiction, but there was just too much missing for me to enjoy this book unreservedly--and as mentioned, the relationship between the protagonist and her master was a bit gagulous.

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  • Sheryl
  • Menlo park, CA, United States
  • 02-07-14

Interesting Story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bone Season to be better than the print version?

No. Only because of the performance. Good story.

What other book might you compare The Bone Season to and why?

There are a number of books one might compare this one too, Angelopolis, Divergent Trilogy, The Hunger Games. All have ignorance, intolorance,bigotry and subjugation themes and an underdog that over comes adversity.

How could the performance have been better?

The performers voice was with out flection, so one word blended into another.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would have been except for the reader. Really found the lack of inflection annoying.

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Decent story. Absolutely great narration

Would you listen to The Bone Season again? Why?

No, but that's doesn't really mean anything. I hardly ever read books twice.

What about Alana Kerr’s performance did you like?

It was absolutely wonderful. It took what was a fairly pedestrian story and turned it into something almost always enjoyable. I would listen to Alana Kerr read the phone book, seriously.

Any additional comments?

The story and the writing was not so great. Decent first book, but seriously needed an editor. But Alana Kerr made the characters come alive. She subtly changed her voice and accent as each character would speak, so you really knew who was speaking even without the context. Her reading was the only reason I could finish the book. I would listen to anything she read in the future. She is wonderful.