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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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A good start

What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

For a rookie writer, this is a great start. The dystopic world she imagined is really engaging- but I just couldn't muster a sense of connection for the characters.

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Cliff hanger

A good read. This was a nail bitter never knew what would come next. The ending left me rewriting it in my head.

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Don't Get the Raves!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.

What was most disappointing about Samantha Shannon’s story?

Spotty writing with slow points of attention lagging plot.

Do you think The Bone Season needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I think it is probably a good book for a first effort and that should be rewarded, but selected as a book put forward by a book group? Is it a relative on the selection board?

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Not really suited for an audio book

What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

The narration was deplorable. The heavy Irish Brogue was difficult to understand especially considering the new vocabulary you needed to learn to comprehend the story. In addition, the shortness of the syntax was just downright annoying if you are over the age of 17. This book is not suitable for audio listen.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I honestly couldn't say as, try though I might, I could not stand to listen any longer.

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

Almost ANYONE

Any additional comments?

It might be better to READ Bone Season rather than listen to it. That way you could have a better chance of figuring out the vocabulary. Someone referenced the Harry Potter series and I would have to agree that they have their own language al-a Hogwart-ize. It is also rapt with violent, cruel and meaningless killings but that is what you might want for a Halloween read. I did not enjoy this listen.

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Predictable

What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

Disappointing writing style. It's a great concept for a book, but only a quarter of a way into it I was convinced it was written for a teen just starting middle school. Simplistic writing style, simplistic and predictable character interactions. Too bad.

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Entertaining and thrilling

What did you love best about The Bone Season?

I loved Paige's voice and character. The plot moved quickly and it was easy to get swept up by the action and the interesting setting.

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

It was like Harry Potter because of the aspect of some of the people have magic powers and others not having them. Shannon made the world of the novel very intricate and rich, which I enjoyed. It was also like Hunger Games because of the dystopian setting and the overall attitude of the characters of fighting to stay alive.

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  • PG Pug
  • Pacific Grove California
  • 10-23-13

Amazing Narrator

I have listened to ALOT of audiobooks. (might even have a problem :) I have to say this narrator is probably the best I've heard. It's a good book that looks to me like the beginning of a series. While it isn't great literature it's a ripping good yarn. But again - awesome narrator.

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Just not very good

What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

cliched characters, weak story, not very engaging

Which character – as performed by Alana Kerr – was your favorite?

none, they just weren't very interesting

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

not really, it was chore to listen to.

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  • Dara
  • DEER PARK, NY, United States
  • 10-20-13

boring

What would have made The Bone Season better?

a different narrator.

What was most disappointing about Samantha Shannon’s story?

it's boring! every time i tried to listen to it, i fell asleep. the narrators voice is so monotone. all the voices were at the same level of tone. i couldn't tell who was who talking sometimes. the story could have been better too.

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

no

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  • Owlgirl
  • Nevada City, California, United States
  • 10-20-13

Great !

What did you love best about The Bone Season?

It was very different! Great imagination!

What did you like best about this story?

The characters! And how the story line went!!

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

No, but she did a great job on this one!

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

Would have liked to but I did not have that luxury!

Any additional comments?

Great new twist! Loved this can't wait for the others books in the series!!