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The Bone Season

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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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    MissRed Aurora, Colorado, United States 06-08-14
    MissRed Aurora, Colorado, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great beginning!"
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    I loved the beginning but pre-climax to the conclusion of the novel, it became quite predictable. I found the premise intriguing but if the novel loses the intensity of the beginning of the novel-- I'm over it. I'll read her coming sequel and hope the story picks up again for me

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 08-31-13
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Good"

    This is less of a novel and more of a litany of things that happened to the lead character, Paige. That might have been OK in the hands of an adept narrator, but Alana Kerr makes the experience excruciatingly tedious.

    I'd like to tell you what this novel is about but, to be honest, I really don't have a clue. It seems like a hodgepodge of bad sci-fi and dark fairytale with a nod to vampires and zombies for the sake of being trendy. Throw in a tad of Irish folklore and you need a flow chart to find out where you are in the story . . . which, for me, two thirds of the way through, is mostly nowhere.

    I wish I could offer something positive or constructive to say about The Bone Season, but it's is really an awfully bad book. Sorry.

    22 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    CassD Seattle, wa 11-02-15
    CassD Seattle, wa 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story IF you can get past the bad performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Literally ANYONE else!


    Was The Bone Season worth the listening time?

    No, not worth "listening", but worth a READ.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 08-15-15
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 08-15-15
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    "A lot of potential, but ultimately fails"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clark Chamberlain Idaho Falls, ID USA 01-26-15
    Clark Chamberlain Idaho Falls, ID USA 01-26-15
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    "Excellent story. Don't expect Harry Potter"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne 12-24-14
    Dwayne 12-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "not my cup of tea"

    tortured, rebellious, confused, abused young people. it did have some interesting concepts. dreamscapes, controlling ghosts, etc

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melvin PALMDALE, CA, United States 02-08-14
    Melvin PALMDALE, CA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great imagination...oh so depressing!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 01-02-14
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 01-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An enjoyable debut novel from a promising author"

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Foxydot Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-17-13
    Foxydot Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Monotone and confusing"
    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    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...)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Samantha Shannon? Why or why not?

    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"


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's ok. I see why it was recommended for me. But it was a mediocre addition to the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 10-18-13
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 10-18-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful for YA Readers"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Mara
    9/23/14
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    "Amazing book! Could not put down!"

    You need approximately an hour to get into the book, the descriptions and to start to understand it (a bit harder time where you sometimes even think if it will be a good book to continue), but after that it's purely exhilarating! After that one hour I was hardly able to go to bed in the night to get some sleep and hardly able to concentrate on the job in the day! I usually listen to audiobooks in the car while on longer trips (job connected) or traffic jams but this time I was listening to it at home whenever I found spare time - that was all I wanted to do!

    To tell what was the most that gripped me in this book was the relationship between Paige and her keeper. Took my breath away! And the whole story was something new and very interesting!

    The narrator is a bit annoying at the start - my objections were to her a bit slurry sounding voice - not as clear and crisp as the last narrator I was listening to. But at the end I got used to her and can even give her the 4 stars as her voice and its tone and feeling is now deeply connected with the book in my mind.

    Can't wait for the next book in series "The Mime Order" (will be published in January 2015) but I hope Audible will make a quick audio version, too, I'd love to listen to this! I still think the narration puts a special feel to the book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Evangeline
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    9/21/14
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    "Wonderful story, dreadful narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is a compelling urban fantasy, only spoiled by the flat, apathetic tones of the narrator.


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

    The Hunger Games, as the plot/world of the book is fascinating, but the characters are stereotypes.


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

    Literally anyone. It's insane that she's getting work at all.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    There are thousands of talented narrators out there... audible is lazy and/or nepotistic in their casting, and it ruins their product.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Joykie Burger
    Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
    9/26/13
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I Grok Frak
    United Kingdom
    9/3/13
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    "An Unexpected Gem"

    I am not sure what I was expecting, having seen people talking about the book on the television, and seeing Samantha's interview on the BBC Breakfast program, and, after a week or more of shall I, shan't I, I thought I would give it a go ...

    And I am glad that I did. If I had not heard about her recently, I would have said that Samantha Shannon was a seasoned author, and that this was a nom de plume for another author, one whose name would escape me for a long time ;-).

    The book brings to life an alternate timeline/reality for the modern world, beginning in an alternative reality of London and moving to Oxford. One in which the flavour of the world is drawn in rich detail, and clearly sets the scene for the future, whilst satisfyingly completing a portion of that journey.

    I found the protagonist to be intelligent and irritating all in one. A heroine that I was rooting for most of the time, but one that had me yelling out loud about the "wrong" moves that she was taking / making at other times. It fully engaged me, and I wanted the "bad guys" to lose, the "good guys" to win, not that it ends so cleanly.

    It is one of those books that I could not put down, except for the minimum requirements for life: sleep, food, etc.

    I look forward to the future of this young author, and the sequel of "The Bone Season", it will have a great deal to live up to.

    I also found Alana Kerr's narration to be very enjoyable and engaging and hope that she is able to voice the future tales.

    I will not compare it to other books as that would give certain expectations. But if you like your fiction with an edge of fantasy (assuming you don't believe in E.S.P., ghosts, etc.), then this is a tale for you.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    5/15/15
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    "Bad narration ruining the book"
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    Not sure if I'm going to be able to finish this book. The narrator is dreadful - reading everything in a dull monotone. No attempt at characterisation or adding life to scenes that are clearly mean to be exciting.

    I think this would be a good book with a decent reader but it's hard to get past the droning voice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ariadne Jones
    Essex, England
    7/7/14
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    "It should have been so much better!"
    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    It started well and then went downhill from there.


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

    There should have been much more about the goings on in London and more hints about what was happening in Oxford. It's as if a third of the way through the author had to finish the book quickly. The narrators voice was wrong for this kind of book.


    What three words best describe Alana Kerr’s voice?

    Dull and boring


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

    If the story had been better written a follow up book would have been an exciting thought, but I won't be bothering unless it gets much, much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Alana Kerr has a beautiful voice but it was so wrong for this book. The book started so well but the combination of the narrator and the story put me off.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • lynsey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    4/25/14
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    "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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Phoebe
    London
    2/3/15
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    "A bone to pick with the publishers"
    What would have made The Bone Season better?

    A decent story? Widely over hyped book that just turned out to be poor Sci-Fi and a grim listen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Samantha Shannon again?

    No. Well certainly not in this series of books anyway.


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

    Someone with a more urban, edgy voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Season?

    I think it was beyond the job of an editor to fix this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this one. Maybe try a China Miéville, Ben Aaronovitch or Terry Pratchett instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daisy
    United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Can't wait for the next one"
    What did you like most about The Bone Season?

    The world-building was fabulous. There was such depth in this alternate England in 2059 with the history of Scion explored in more detail through the book and the all the different abilities which voyants can possess was fascinating. The Rephaim are still shrowded in a lot of mystery and I can't wait to learn more about them through the rest of the series.


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

    Without wanting to give spoilers for anyone reading this, the development of Paige's character and her ability, particularly towards the end of this novel is what will stay with me the most.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The showdown near the end with Nashira, anything could have happened then, it was totally unpredictable and absolutely riveting.


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

    Too many moments to mention. I found a greater depth in the novel as well because I am a chronic migraine sufferer and the author also suffers from migraines - this came through in her writing and in the concept of Paige's ability as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the narrator telling this story with her Irish lilt and I in the most part her accents and voices were good. I think she will develop better in this area as she gains more experience in narration though and I was disappointed she didn't sing when she read out the song as a poem instead (especially as she is a singer!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    lymington, United Kingdom
    11/11/13
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    "can't wait for next book"
    What did you like most about The Bone Season?

    I loved all the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't wait to hear more I was gripped by the story line


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

    Alana Kerr has the most memorizing voice and was the prefect narrator for this book


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

    If I'd had the time I would have loved to had listened to this book in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. A very addictive listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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