Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season
Release Date: August 2013
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Dystopian
Hey guys! Today I have an mini review on The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, a dystopian, thriller that has had me hooked for days. The intricate and spellbinding world of Scion and the carefully thought-out characters, has left me with a wistful pang in my chest. Samantha Shannon’s voice and writing has created an exciting and fresh series, that I am super excited to follow. If you are still hung-over on dystopian and adventure novels, such as, The Darkest Minds and The Fifth-Wave, this book will definitely be for you.
The Bone Season sets fifty years later from our current year of 2015, and revolves around the tale of Paige, who has lived her life in the illegal town of Scion. Paige, with her unique abilities, struggles to understand what she can truly do and when she is caught one day for killing a man, she is suddenly whisked away into a different world. She is now kept captive in this new world that contrasts vastly to her previous life and now all Paige wants is to return to her criminal world but as she tries to weave her way back into her old life, she has to face arising problems, romance and friendship.
*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE BONE SEASON BY SAMANTHA SHANNON*
To be honest, when I had first started reading this, I was nervous. I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to get through what I originally believed was a verbose book. I hate to say this but sometimes less descriptive books can appeal more to me. However, I was wrong, and this book really changed my point-of-view. A lot of the time many authors will over-complicate the storyline, world and characters, which makes it hard for the reader to understand all the “technical jargon” used by the world built by the author. As I progressed through the books and learnt about the complex world, I didn’t find it as perplexing as I had expected. The story and intricate world of Scion flowed through my head as Samantha Shannon’s well-turned and poetic writing didn’t puzzle me and I truly enjoyed the story for that reason. You are physically taken to a vividly described world, that will make you forget about all the worries swimming around in your head- that is what I really look for in a book and The Bone Season really delivered that.
The characters were one-of-a-kind, I am one of those people who absolutely hate it when authors conjure up this completely perfect characters, with a perfect life and perfect talents. However, The Bone Season didn’t have that, Samantha Shannon’s characters had this depth that is hard to find in books. Paige, the main character, was a girl who came from a messed-up childhood and as I read memory after memory, I began to click with this character like a best-friend. Her backstory was really unique, often, we read about characters who have messed-up childhoods because their parents were poor and they divorced at a young age but Paige was really unique in a way that Shannon linked the clairvoyant world and her memories, that created a really vivid character depiction. We really get to dive into her mind and I was really glad that the book was written in purely Paige’s perspective.
The development of her character was also beautifully done. At the beginning of the book, she seemed lost and stuck in believing who she was. As the story progresses we really see how Paige grows into a stronger character, that I seriously respect. In that scene where Paige shares one of her most important memories with Warden, you can really see how much she has changed since the start of the novel.
Warden’s puzzling character, really kept me questioning. I wanted to find out more about his back-story but Paige was kept closed off from him. Surprisingly, that didn’t frustrate me and instead it just added more fun for the reader. I am so frustrated that Warden left Paige and I can’t wait to pick up the next book to find out more about his character. Nick, was a bit of a surprise. His character wasn’t formally introduced until a quarter through the novel and that, on the other hand, annoyed me. His character felt distant and lost in translation. However, hopefully his character will be explored in more depth in the next book, The Mime Order. Paige and Nick’s relationship puzzled me in the beginning but as we delved deeper into Paige’s memories their relationship really began to click in. Warden and Paige’s relationship was foreshadowed throughout the story but Warden seems a little too old for Paige. My perception of Warden is an older man, whose appearance appears to be like one of a late 30 year old’s but I am excited to see how his relationship with Paige will be developed.
I am super stoked to read the next book and I will definitely devour it! A review will be up for the second book in the series, The Mime Order. Overall, the novel was poetically written, the characters were one of a kind and the world-building was incredible. However, with a few faults here are there, I still definitely recommend this thrilling novel that surely will not disappoint!